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Israeli occupation killed 327 Palestinians at Great Return March

26 October, 19

Israeli occupation forces have shot dead 327 Palestinian civilians since the start of the Great Return March protests in March 30, 2018, Al-Mezan Centre For Human Rights reported Saturday.

In a press statement, the human rights group noted that Israeli occupation authorities are still holding the bodies of 15 of them.  

Al-Mizan explained that 46 children, two women, nine disabled people, four paramedics and two journalists were among the killed by Israeli occupation forces during the Great Return March demonstrations.

The Gaza-based group pointed out that 18,764 Palestinians, including 4,778 children and 845 women, were shot and wounded by Israeli occupation forces, while participating in the Great Return March protests east of Gaza. 

Some 9,355 civilians, including 2,039 children and 186 women, were injured by Israeli live fire during the peaceful, popular demonstrations east of the blockaded Gaza Strip, the human rights group noted. 

Israeli occupation forces targeted medical crews 277 times, injuring 223 paramedics, 43 of them were wounded more than once, while violently suppressing the Great Return March protests.

The rights group documented 246 incidents where journalists were targeted by Israeli occupation forces, leaving 173 journalists wounded, 42 of them were injured more than once.    

As for the 80th Friday of the Great Return March, Al-Mizan said that 87 civilians, including 34 children, two women and a paramedic, were wounded by Israeli occupation forces, 37 of them with live fire and 13 others with tear gas canisters.

The human rights group said that Israeli occupation forces continue targeting Palestinian civilians participating in the peaceful, popular demonstrations along the border fence east of Gaza and uses lethal force to suppress children and women along with paramedics and journalists.   

The rights group also called on the international community to intervene immediately to put an end to the Israeli violations against Palestinians and ensure protection of civilians and respect for the basics of international law.

Since March 30, 2018, the Palestinians have been taking part in peaceful, poplar demonstrations near the border fence east of Gaza, demanding the refugees’ right to return to their homeland and an end to the 13-year Israeli siege on the impoverished territory.