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Palestinian man succumbs to wounds in sustained during May 14 Gaza protests

June 5, 2018 2:50 P.M. (Updated: June 6, 2018 1:53 P.M.)
Muhammad Naim Hamadeh
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian man died early Monday morning after succumbing to wounds he sustained during protests on May 14 along the eastern Gaza border with Israel, during which Israeli forces killed over 60 Palestinians.

Spokesperson of the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, said in a statement that Muhammad Naim Hamadeh, 30, succumbed to his wounds sustained on May 14th in eastern Gaza City.

The ministry added that 123 Palestinian have been killed by Israeli forces since March 30th during “Great March of Return” protests along the the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip, including 13 children and one woman, while almost 14,000 have been wounded.

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 original homelands, now in present-day Israel.

The weeks-long civilian protest was initially planned to end on May 15, the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” when over 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes and made refugees with the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.

However, protests have continued since, and are expected to continue into the coming weeks.

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

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