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Three Palestinians, including child, killed at Gaza borders

Oct. 6, 2018 11:02 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 7, 2018 1:00 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinians were killed and dozens of others were injured, on Friday evening, as Israeli forces suppressed protests at the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that 12-year-old Fares Hafeth al-Sarsawi was shot and killed by Israeli forces in eastern Gaza City.

The ministry also confirmed that Akram Abu Samaan, 22, from the al-Shate refugee camp was killed, while Hussein Fathi al-Ruqab, 28, succumbed to wounds he sustained in eastern Khan Younis while at the Nasser Medical Center.

According to the ministry, 376 Palestinians sustained various injuries during the protests, 192 of whom were transferred to hospitals for treatment including 7 critical injuries.

A paramedic identified as Muhammad Abu Assi was also critically injured by Israeli live bullets in the chest in eastern Khan Younis.

The Israeli artillery also shelled a resistance point in the northern Gaza Strip.

No injuries were reported in the shelling.

Meanwhile, the Hamas movement said that the "practical" response to Israeli threats to "The Great March of Return" and breaking the siege protests is wide participation by Gazan crowds.

Spokesperson of the movement, Hazem Qassem, said "these crowds have made their decision that nothing would keep them from continuing these marches until their goals are achieved."

The National Committee for Breaking the Siege had called for Friday's protests under the slogan "Friday of Steadiness and Resilience."

Since the beginning of "The Great March of Return" on March 30th, thousands of Palestinian civilians in Gaza -- which has suffered from a decade-long Israeli siege -- have been protesting at the eastern borders of the besieged enclave to demand their right of return as refugees to their original homelands, now in present-day Israel

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