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10 Palestinians injured as Gaza's naval march continues

Nov. 6, 2018 11:34 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 6, 2018 2:06 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian crowds gathered at the northern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip to take part in the 15th naval march setting off from the Gaza seaport in an attempt to break the nearly 12-year Israeli siege, on Monday.

Local sources reported that Israeli forces injured 10 Palestinians, including four injuries with Israeli live ammunition, while several others suffered from tear-gas inhalation.

Those injured were transferred to the Indonesian and al-Shifa hospitals to receive the necessary medical treatment; their conditions were reported as moderate.

Sources added that a number of boats set off from Gaza's seaport towards the Israeli Zikim beach, Israeli forces fired live ammunition and tear-gas bombs to suppress protesters participating in the naval march.

The National Committee for Breaking the Siege, which organized the naval march, said "We will not stop the return marches and the naval marches until our goals are achieved," referring to breaking the Israeli siege and allowing Palestinians the right of return as refugees to their original homelands, now in present-day Israel.

The committee stressed that the marches are organized, in order to secure all basic human rights for the Palestinian people, including freedom, self-determination, and the right to establish an independent Palestinian state with occupied East Jerusalem as its capital.

Many attempts have been made throughout the years to draw the public's attention to and break the on-going siege of the Gaza Strip whether via ships attempting to sail into Gaza or ships attempting to sail from Gaza.

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