TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – At least 14 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli fire during ‘March of Return’ protests at Gaza border fence on Friday, Gaza’s health ministry said.
Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated along the Gaza Strip’s perimeter fence with Israel as weekly protests resumed after a three-week pause, Aljazeera reported.
At least 14 Palestinians taking part in Friday’s Great March of Return protests were wounded by Israeli fire, four of them with live gunshots, according to the health ministry in the besieged enclave.
The protest organizers had announced the suspension of the demonstrations in mid-November to avoid casualties among Palestinians following an escalation of Israeli attacks on Gaza and the fighting that followed it.
Since the Gaza rallies began in March last year, hundreds of Palestinians have been killed and more than 30,000 wounded by Israeli forces at the fence areas around Gaza.
Demonstrators demand an end to an Israeli-Egyptian 12-year-old blockade around the Gaza Strip, which has shattered the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its two million inhabitants of free movement in and out from Gaza, preventing the entry of many basic amenities.
Over the past decade, Israel has launched three military assaults on the Gaza Strip and there have been dozens of shorter skirmishes.