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MOH: 3 Palestinians killed, 307 injured during Gaza protests

Aug. 11, 2018 10:37 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 13, 2018 9:59 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinians, including a paramedic, were killed and hundreds of others injured on Friday during the 20th "Great March of Return" protests along the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to spokesperson of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, a Palestinian paramedic was killed while providing first aid to the wounded east of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.

Al-Qidra identified the paramedic as Abduallah Qatati and confirmed that he was shot in the head with a live bullet by an Israeli sniper.

Qatati succumbed to his critical injuries on the scene.

Al-Qidra also confirmed that a 55-year-old Palestinian who was identified as Ali Said al-Aloul was killed by Israeli forces during the protests east of Rafah.

Medical sources from the Gaza European Hospital also confirmed that a Palestinian man succumbed to his injuries on Saturday, which he had sustained during the protests along the eastern borders of Rafah City.

Sources identified the Palestinian as Ahmad Jamal Abu Luli, 40, and confirmed that he was shot and critically injured by Israeli forces, causing injuries in his pelvis.

All three Palestinians were immediately transferred to the Gaza European Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Witnesses confirmed that Israeli snipers were stationed at the borderline watchtowers and opened fire towards the protesters, injuring 307 of them, of which 136 were treated at the scene, while 106 were transferred to the hospital for necessary medical treatment.

Among the injured protesters, 70 were shot by live ammunition, 5 of which were critically injured, 28 were children, five paramedics and two journalists.

This brings the total number of those killed during the protests on Friday to three Palestinians, while 307 others were injured.

Thousands of Palestinians arrived to the eastern border to participate in the 20th "Great March of Return" under the slogan of "Friday of Freedom and Life," calling for the end of the nearly 12-year Israeli siege of Gaza and for their right of return as refugees to their original homelands, now in present-day Israel.

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