On Friday June 28th Israel’s occupation forces attacked the 64th Great Return March demonstration in the besieged Gaza Strip, wounding up to 128 people.
Of the up to 128 participants of the Great Return March that were wounded in the attack by Israeli occupation forces, reports say that 38-39 are underage, 2-3 are women, 1-2 are journalists and 5-8 are paramedics.
41 people were wounded with live bullets of shrapnel (one source specifies that at least 19 were shot with live ammunition), 42 were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and 46 were directly hit with tear-gas canisters launched by Israeli occupation forces from batteries placed on armoured vehicles.
Dozens of people taking part in the demonstration also suffered from effects of inhaling tear-gas.
The Great Return March is held to demand a right of return for Palestinian refugees that form 70 % of the 2 million inhabitants of the besieged coastal enclave, which is only 360 square kilometers in size. Most of the refugees live within 50 kilometers of their old home towns and villages which were ethnically cleansed by Israel in 1948-1949.
At least 277 and up to 315 people (depending on which protests are counted as part of the Great Return March) have been killed by Israeli occupation troops since March 30th 2018. Among the victims are 52 children. 550 people wounded in the same time period still suffer from life-threatening injuries.
(Source / 29.06.2019)