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28 October 2018 - 16:28
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Rasa - Five Palestinians were killed on Friday and dozens injured when Israeli forces attacked peaceful protesters near Gaza border with live ammunition and teargas canisters.
A female Palestinian protester runs with a Palestinian flag during clashes following a demonstration near the fence area separating the occupied territories from Gaza City, October 26, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

RNA - Israeli forces have fired live bullets and rubber-coated steel rounds at Palestinians protesting along the fence, killing at least five of them and wounding a further 170, according to medical officials, Middle East News reported.

 

The five people killed were identified as Ayesh Sha'th, 23, Saeed Abu Lebdeh, 22, Nassar Abu Taym, 23 and Mohammad Abdul-Nabi, 27 and Jabir Abu Hameesa, 27.

 

Some of those wounded were taken to hospital for treatment, while others got medical assistance in the field clinics along the border.

 

For more than six 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 210 Palestinians have been killed and over 22,000 others 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 Palestinian protesters 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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