Israeli forces kill 16 Palestinians in one day during protests in Gaza

Israeli forces kill 16 Palestinians in one day during protests in Gaza

The Gaza Ministry of Health confirmed the death of 16 Palestinians and the injury of 1,416 civilians, which ranged from live bullet wounds to severe tear gas inhalation.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - By Friday evening, 16 Palestinians had been declared dead in Gaza as a result of Israeli fire. Fifteen of the dead were killed during massive demonstrations on the border with Israel, and one, a farmer, was killed before dawn on Friday while on his land near the border fence.

The Gaza Ministry of Health confirmed the death of 16 Palestinians and the injury of 1,416 civilians, which ranged from live bullet wounds to severe tear gas inhalation.

The slain Palestinians were identified as:

Naji Abu Hijir
Mohammed Kamal Najjar
Wahid Nasrallah Abu Samour
Amin Mansour Abu Muammar
Mohammed Naeem Abu Amr
Ahmed Ibrahim Ashour Odeh
Jihad Ahmed Fraina
Mahmoud Saadi Rahmi
Abdel Fattah Abdel Nabi
Ibrahim Salah Abu Shaar
Abd al-Qader Marhi al-Hawajri
Sari Walid Abu Odeh
Hamdan Isma'il Abu Amsha
Jihad Zuhair Abu Jamous
Bader al-Sabbagh
Omar Samour, 31 -- the farmer who was killed around dawn

Videos from the march, which was organized as a peaceful protest by activists and grassroots organizations in Gaza and later supported by local Hamas officials, show civilians being shot down by Israeli snipers who were stationed tens of meters away from the protesters, on the other side of a highly militarized fence.

Leading up to the march, the Israeli army released a statement saying it had declared the border area along Gaza a “closed military zone,” meaning that any Palestinian who got close to the border fence could risk getting shot.

Despite the Israeli army’s claims, Palestinian activists and leaders in the Gaza Strip have maintained that the “March of Return” was organized as a massive non-violent, weeks-long protest advocating for the return of Palestinian refugees to their original homelands in historic Palestine, now present day Israel.

Leading up to Friday, the first official day of the march -- which will continue until the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, in May -- Palestinians set up tents along the border with Gaza, where protesters plan to stay until the Nakba anniversary.



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