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5 Palestinians killed, hundreds injured during Gaza protests

Oct. 27, 2018 10:23 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 28, 2018 11:14 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The total number of those killed during the 31st Friday of "The Great March of Return" rose to five Palestinians killed and more than 232 injured alongside the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Israeli forces fired live bullets and rubber-coated steel bullets, as well as tear-gas bombs at Palestinian protesters, who gathered along the Gaza border, killing five protesters and injuring hundreds.

The ministry identified the five Palestinians killed as Nassar Abu Tim, 19, Ahmad Said Abu Labda, 22, Ayesh Ghassan Shaat, 23, Mujahed Ziyad Aqel, 23, Muhammad Khalid Mahmoud Abed al-Nabi, 27.

Over 232 protesters were injured, including 35 children and four paramedics, the ministry confirmed.

Several of the injured were transferred to hospitals, while others were provided medical treatment in the field hospitals.

Since the start of the protests on March 30th, more than 205 Palestinians have been killed and over 22,000 others were injured along the Gaza border by Israeli forces.

"The Great March of Return" protests were launched by thousands of Palestinian civilians in Gaza -- which has suffered from over 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.

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

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