10 March 2019 - 13:03
News ID: 443835
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A Palestinian was killed and 47 others were injured on Friday when the Israeli occupation forces opened fire at the peaceful protesters taking part in the Great March of Return in Gaza.

RNA - The ministry of health announced that Tamer Arafat, 23, died after being shot by the Israeli forces East of Rafah city in the Southern Gaza Strip, Palinfo reported.

The health ministry reported that 47 Palestinians were injured, including two women, 15 children, 4 paramedics, and 2 journalists.

Thousands of Palestinians marched along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and the 1948 occupied territories on the 50th Friday of the Great March of Return which was named "Friday of the Palestinian Woman".

The Higher National Committee of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege stressed that Friday's protests, which coincided with Women's International Day, were aimed at celebrating Palestinian women and their steadfastness.

Hamas's Spokesman Abdul-Latif al-Qanou' said in press statements that the Palestinian women were and still are the Palestinian men's partners in the fight for freedom and independence.

Al-Qanou' hailed all the Palestinian women who were killed, injured, or jailed by the Israeli occupation.

For more than ten months, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have demonstrated along the fence demanding their right to return to the homes and land their families were expelled from 70 years ago. The Great March of Return rallies culminated on May 15 to mark what Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or Catastrophe - a reference to the forced removal of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and villages to clear the way for Israel's establishment in 1948.

More than 270 Palestinian protesters have been killed and more than 27,000 Palestinians injured by Israeli forces since the outbreak of the Great March of Return rallies at Gaza border in late March.

Most of the casualties occurred on May 14 when Israeli forces attacked Palestinians marking the 70th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of historical Palestine and the ensuing ethnic cleansing of half a million Palestinian refugees.

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