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Israeli army kills 7 Palestinians in Gaza protests

At least 7 Palestinians were killed and dozens injured on Friday when the Israeli occupation forces heavily opened fire at the peaceful protesters taking part in the Great March of Return.
According to the spokesman for Gaza’s Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qedra, the martyrs were identified as Ahmad al-Tawil, 27, Mohammed Ismail, 29, Ahmad Abu Neim, 17, Abdullah al-Doghma, 25, Afifi Afifi, 18, Tamer Abu Ermana, 22, and Mohammed Abbas, 21.
Al-Qedra said that 192 protesters were injured, 140 of whom by live ammunition and three are in critical condition. There are 45 children, eight girls, and two paramedics among the injured.
Thousands of Palestinians marched in the afternoon along the border between the Gaza Strip and the 1948 occupied Palestinian territories to take part in the protests of the 29th Friday of the Great March of Return.
The PIC reporter said that the Israeli forces fired live ammunition and teargas canisters at the unarmed protesters, while Palestinian youths responded by burning dozens of car tires in an effort to block the view of Israeli snipers.
The Higher National Committee for the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege earlier this week called on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to participate in Friday’s protests and commemorate the anniversary of al-Quds Intifada which broke out in October 2015.
The committee affirmed in a statement that the Great March of Return will continue until it achieves its goals.
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip since 30 March have been protesting on a daily basis along the border fence to call for lifting the blockade on the coastal enclave and allowing refugees to return to their lands from which they were expelled in 1948.
So far over 200 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army and nearly 20,000 injured.