Shot and injured 144 Palestinian civilians, including 53 children, 3 women, 2 paramedics and a journalist
The increased number of injuries in this week’s Great March of Return protest reflects an escalation in IOF use of excessive force, as 73 civilians sustained live bullet injuries – including 4 in critical condition – in addition to other injuries by rubber bullets and tear gas canisters, mainly in protesters’ upper bodies.
Today’s protest was titled “Down with the Balfour Declaration” as it coincided with its 102nd anniversary. Large crowds participated in the protest, as thousands of civilians joined across the 5 GMR encampments. Hundreds of civilians protested at varied distances from the Gaza border with Israel, where some protestors set tires, attempted to throw stones, Molotov Cocktails and firecrackers at IOF, who responded with live and rubber bullets as well as tear gas canisters …
The following is a summary of today’s events along the Gaza Strip border:
Northern Gaza Strip: IOF shot and injured 47 civilians, including 20 children, 2 women and a paramedic: 24 with live bullets and shrapnel; 19 with rubber bullets; and 4 were hit with tear gas canisters. Shady Fayez Awadallah Awadallah (33), a paramedic, was shot with a rubber bullet in his right leg. Also, Moath Mohammed Mohammed Abu-Amira (25) was shot in the head with a live bullet; he is in extremely critical condition…
Rafah: IOF shot and injured 39 civilians, including 10 children and a journalist; three injuries were deemed critical: 27 with live bullets and shrapnel, 8 with rubber bullets and 4 were hit with tear gas canisters. . .
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