One dead and 40 injured on second Friday of ‘Great Return March’


Published: 2018-04-06 15:37

Last Updated: 2018-04-07 10:17

At least 10,000 tyres have been amassed near the Gaza border (Maan news agency)
At least 10,000 tyres have been amassed near the Gaza border (Maan news agency)
Roya News Source

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that one man has been killed and 40 injured, of whom five sustained severe head and upper body injuries near the Gaza border  The ministry spokesperson, Ashraf Al Qudra, asserted that all the injured were hit by live bullets, adding that tens of protesters have been treated on site due to tear gas released by Israeli forces.

Among the injured is journalist Yaser Murtaja, who was hit by live ammunition in the abdomen, east of Khan Yunis.

Additionally, the death toll due to Israeli fire during last Friday has reached 20, as one more victim died due to injuries on Friday morning.

Thousands of Gazans headed for the second Friday of the “Great Return March” to tents in five different locations, situated 700 meters away from the border fence. In addition to protesting, participants took part in Friday prayers and memorial services for the victims of last week’s demonstrations.

This Friday has also been dubbed “Rubber Friday” or #جمعة_الكوشوك by activist in Gaza as at least 10,000 tyres had been collected to be torched in an attempt to protect demonstrators from the fire of Israeli snipers.

Regional and international organizations have condemned Israel’s attacks on protestors and demanded civilians to not be targeted or harmed during the peaceful protests.

The Ministry of Interior in Gaza has instructed Palestinians to keep the protests peaceful and avoid confrontation with the Israeli forces. They also advised that protestors refrain from using their smart phones or wear conspicuous clothing.

The medical authorities in Gaza have announced their hospitals and centers would be on high alert and prepared to follow up on the protests and provide medical assistance.