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March of Return – More Shootings

Posted by Aneela Shahzad on

Israeli forces opened fire Wednesday on Palestinians protesting the 71st anniversary of the Nakba and their decades long life under the boot of a merciless occupation, which is slowly starving the Gaza Strip's population with the explicit backing of the U.S. government.

A year ago, Israeli snipers killed 60 people in a day at the Gaza frontier as thousands came out to protest against the opening of the US embassy in disputed Jerusalem.

Since then, Israeli forces' bullets have killed more than 200 people and wounded 7,000. A UN inquiry found Israel’s actions may amount to war crimes, as snipers had "shot at journalists, health workers, children and persons with disabilities knowing they were clearly recognizable."

The Great March of Return‎ protests that started on 30 March 2018, demanded that Palestinian refugees and their descendants be allowed to return to the land they were displaced from in what is now Israel. The protests have continued weekly on every Friday since then. At least 110 Palestinians were killed between 30 March to 15 May 2018.

According to Robert Mardini, head of Middle East for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), more than 13,000 Palestinians were wounded (as of 19 June 2018)

The same day, 59 or 60 Palestinians were shot dead at twelve clash points along the border fence, Israel’s use of deadly force was condemned on 13 June 2018 in a United Nations General Assembly resolution.