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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian youth near border in northern Gaza

June 6, 2018 1:52 P.M. (Updated: June 7, 2018 1:45 P.M.)
GAZA (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian was shot and injured by Israeli forces along the Israeli-imposed border fence in the eastern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli opened live fire targeting Palestinian "youths," who had managed to cut through the border fence east of Gaza City, in the northern part of the besieged coastal enclave.

The identity of the wounded Palestinian remained unknown.

The rest of the youths were reportedly able to bring parts of the border fence back to the “return camps” set up along the border

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza has reported 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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