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At least 9 injured with live fire as Israel suppresses ongoing Gaza protests

April 13, 2018 2:09 P.M. (Updated: April 16, 2018 10:46 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- At least nine Palestinians have been injured with live fire by Israeli forces along the borders of the Gaza Strip, on the third Friday of ongoing protests in the besieged coastal enclave.

Thousands of Palestinians took to the borderlines in the eastern Gaza Strip, where they have been demonstrating for weeks in the “Great March of Return.”

Two Palestinians were injured in the al-Zaytoun neighborhood east of Gaza City, and were transferred to the al-Shifa Hospital for treatment.

A third Palestinian was injured with live bullets in eastern Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

One protester was injured in the central Gaza Strip, while another was injured during protests east of Jabaliya in northern Gaza.

Thousands of Palestinians marched to the border waving Palestinian flags, while coffins carrying the Israeli flag were prepared to be burned during the day.

The six-week protest is set to end on May 15th, the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, or “catastrophe,” when the state of Israel was created, leaving some 750,000 Palestinians and millions of their descendants as refugees.

Despite widespread outcry from international rights groups who have condemned Israel’s excessive use of forces against the civilian protesters, Israeli has maintained its open-fire rules for the Gaza border.

At least 30 Palestinians, including one journalist and two minors, have been killed by Israeli forces since the protests began on March 30.

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