Ma’an New Agency.com Sun., Mar. 31, 2019
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Four Palestinians were killed, while at least 207 others were injured, on Saturday, as Israeli forces suppressed “The Great March of Return” protests along the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that Balal Mahmoud Abu Jamous, 17, Tamer Hashem Abu Kheir, 17, Adham Nidal Amara, 17, and Muhammad Jihad Saad, 20 were all shot and killed by Israeli live fire.
The ministry said that 207 Palestinian protesters, including 33 children and nine women, sustained various injuries.
The ministry also reported that at least 24 Palestinians were injured with live ammunition, pointing out that the injured were shot either in the neck or the head, noting that Israeli forces used excessive force against peaceful protesters.
Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians marched, while waving flags and chanting slogans, to the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip in commemoration of Land Day and as “The Great March of Return” protests marked one year.
It is noteworthy that according to statistics issued by the ministry, since March 30th 2018, Israeli forces have systematically and deliberately resorted to lethal and other excessive force to suppress “The Great March of Return” in the besieged Gaza Strip, killing at least 266 Palestinians, including 50 minors, six women, and one elderly, as well as injuring 30,398 during the mass protests.