Published: 2018-04-09 10:28
Last Updated: 2018-04-09 13:48
A Palestinian man has succumbed to his wounds on Monday morning after being shot during the Land Day protests which kicked off on 30 March.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Marwan Awwad, 44, from Khan Younis was shot and critically injured by Israeli army gunfire at the Gaza Strip’s border, thereby raising the total number of deaths from 30 March until today to 19 Palestinians, with more than 1,400 others injured.
Ten Palestinians were killed and more than 1,000 injured on the second Friday of the Great Return March, when protesters piled up thousands of tyres to be burnt in order to produce a thick black cloud to block Israeli snipers' vision.
Thousands of Palestinians staged large sit-ins and demonstrations near the Gaza border over the past two weeks, where they called for their right to return to their villages and cities in the West Bank and Israel, from which they were driven out of it 1948.
Gaza has been described as the biggest open-air prison in the world, and has been besieged since Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007.
More than two million Palestinians live in Gaza - more than half of them are unemployed, while the majority live under the poverty line, relying on humanitarian handouts to survive.