04 May 2019 - 23:29
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Two Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli air raid on the Gaza Strip shortly after Israeli soldiers attacked Palestinians taking part in the weekly “Great March of Return” rallies, leaving two of them dead and at least 50 others injured.

RNA - Israeli aircraft targeted a position belonging to the Palestinian resistance in the al-Maghazi refugee camp, located in the center of the Gaza Strip, killing two members of Hamas' military wing, known as the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades and injuring three other Gazans, Middle East news reported.

The Israeli military also shelled the Bureij refugee camp at the center of the Gaza Strip.

The attacks came shortly after two Israeli soldiers were wounded by alleged sniper fire on the Gazan border.

Carrying Syrian flags, Palestinian demonstrators participating in the "Right to Return" rally also protested Tel Aviv’s occupation of Syria’s Golan Heights, decring United States President Donald Trump's March proclamation recognizing Israel's "sovereignty" over the Syrian territory. The Palestinians shouted slogans saying that the Heights belonged to "Arab Syria".

The Gaza Strip Palestinians in late March 2018 started border protests under the name "The Great March of Return" to demand the return of refugees and pressure Israel to lift the siege. Since the demonstrations started, the Israeli occupation army has killed almost 290 Palestinians and injured over 32,000 others.

A United Nations fact-finding mission found earlier that Israeli forces committed rights violations during their crackdown against the Palestinian protesters in Gaza that may amount to war crimes.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007, causing a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty.

Israel has also launched several wars on the Palestinian coastal sliver, the last of which began in early July 2014. The military aggression, which ended on August 2014, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians. Over 11,100 others were also wounded in the war.

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