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Palestinian succumbs to wounds in Gaza, March of Return death toll reaches 118

May 30, 2018 2:25 P.M. (Updated: June 2, 2018 2:01 P.M.)
GAZA (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian man succumbed to wounds on Wednesday that he had sustained previously during the “Great March of Return” protests in the Gaza Strip.

The Gaza Ministry of Health confirmed that Naji Mesra Ghneim, 23, succumbed to wounds he sustained a few days ago near the “return camps” stationed along the border in eastern Gaza.

Prior to the start of the "Great March of Return" on March 30, hundreds of Palestinian protesters set up “return camps” along eastern Gaza's border with Israel, where many lived for the duration of the six-week long protest.

After he was injured near the return camps, Ghneim was transferred to a hospital in Jerusalem due to his serious condition.

According to the Ministry, Ghneim's death brings the total number of Palestinians killed in the protests to 118. Additionally, around 13,000 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces during the marches.

The "Great March of Return" protests were launched by thousands of Palestinian civilians in Gaza -- which has suffered from a decade-long Israeli siege -- who took to the borders to demand their right of return as refugees to their orignial homelands, now in present-day Israel.

Israel has come under widespread international condemnation for its use of excessive force and live ammunition against unarmed protesters.

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