May 18, 2021

Thirteen wounded by gunfire by the Israeli army in protest at the Gaza border

Thirteen wounded by gunfire by the Israeli army in protest at the Gaza border



At least 13 people, according to medical sources, were wounded today by shots fired by Israeli soldiers on the Gaza-Israel border before the thirty-sixth week of the so-called March of Return.

The Palestinian Red Crescent (equivalent to the Red Cross) reported in a statement that at least 41 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers, of whom 13 were injured by live ammunition.

After Friday prayers, some 12,000 people went to the outskirts of the fence that separates Gaza from Israel after the call to march of the organizers of the protests.

The Great Return March has been going on since March 30 to protest against the blockade that Israel has subjected to the strip since the Hamas Islamist movement seized power by force in 2007, expelling the Palestinian president's Fatah forces , Mahmud Abbas, and to ask for the right to Palestinian return.

Eyewitnesses reported that some protesters threw burning tires and that Israeli soldiers responded with tear gas and live ammunition and retreaded bullets.

The leaders of the marches warned Israel that, if they do not give up the blockade, they will again use methods such as incendiary balloons -which caused hundreds of fires in the Israeli communities bordering on Gaza-, cut the separation fence and activate the so-called "units of confusion", charged with taking action at night against Israeli troops stationed at the border.

"We call on the world to express its solidarity with our people on the international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people," said Hamas spokesman in Gaza, Abdulatif al Qanoua.

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