Jerusalem: At least three Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces as thousands of Palestinians participated in the fifth Friday of protests in the besieged Gaza Strip as part of the “Great March of Return”.
The protests continue as the UN’s human rights chief slammed the Israeli army for the “deplorable” killing of at least 43 Palestinians in demonstrations over the past four weeks.
The Gaza Ministry of Health said on Friday two slain Palestinians, including a man shot in the head, were killed in the east of Gaza City. The ministry could not immediately identify the two.
A third slain Palestinian was identified by the ministry as 29-year-old Abd al-Salam Bakr, who was shot east of Khuzaa in the southern West Bank.
The ministry also said that more than 600 people were wounded, and included 37 injured from Israeli fire.
Israeli forces were firing live ammunition and large amounts of tear gas towards demonstrators across the Gaza Strip throughout the day, an MEE correspondent reported.
The Israeli military said 12,000-14,000 Gazans were participating in what it described as “riots,” and that some had tried to breach the border into Israel. It said troops “had operated in accordance with the rules of engagement” to stop people crossing the border.