IDF snipers continue killing Palestinians on fourth Friday of 'Great Return March'

Palestine

Published: 2018-04-20 17:15

Last Updated: 2018-04-20 22:34


Protesters during the protest dedicated to prisoners and martyrs. (Great Return March/Facebook)
Protesters during the protest dedicated to prisoners and martyrs. (Great Return March/Facebook)
Roya News Source

Two Palestinians have been reported dead and more than 40 injured by Israeli fire in the fourth consecutive Friday protests of the Great Rerun March.

Palestinian media identified the first victim, shot by an Israeli sniper in the head, as Ahmed Rashad Al Athamna. The body of the 24 year-old was taken to the Indonesian Hospital after he was shot near the border fence, east of Gaza city.

The second man, Ahmed Nabil Abu Aqel, died from the wounds sustained after also being shot in the head. The 25 year-old had also been shot in the leg while protesting last Friday.

More than a dozen volunteers have formed a unit to contain the tear gas canisters thrown by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) into the Gaza side of the border.

Snipers have also targeted and shot a member of unarmed medical staff in charge of evacuating the injured and a journalist, despite wearing a vest indicating he was from the press, WAFA news agency reported.

Meanwhile, in an act of resistance and resourcefulness, Palestinian youth have flown kites bearing the hues of their national flag, with one caricaturist calling the kites the “Palestinian F16”, AFP reported.

Some children even used the pamphlets the IDF distributed in order to deter Palestinians from participating in the protest dedicated to prisoners and martyrs.

Earlier today, Gazans received warning pamphlets dropped via airplanes. In them, the IDF warned them against approaching the border fence and taking up arms.

Last Tuesday, Palestine marked the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day.