Palestinian killed, 63 protesters injured in March of Return protests

Among those injured, 31 were wounded from gunfire.

September 28, 2019 21:39
Palestinian killed, 63 protesters injured in March of Return protests

IDF troops face Palestinian protesters over the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip on March 30, a year after they began the ‘Great March of Return’ demonstrations. (photo credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)

A 20-year-old Palestinian protester was shot in the chest by the IDF during the Friday March of Return protests near the Gaza border and died of his wounds, the Gaza Health Ministry reported.

Sixty-three Palestinian protesters were injured by Israeli forces during the protests, 31 of which were shot.

Roughly 7,000 Palestinians participated in the protests, yet tensions remained fairly calm.

The protests have been carried out since March 2018.

“Since the largely peaceful demonstrations started a year ago, not only did nearly 200 people die, but thousands of others have suffered injuries that will scar them forever,” said UNRWA Director of Operations in Gaza Matthias Schmale in March.

The IDF has repeatedly said that soldiers used riot dispersal equipment and opened fired “in accordance with standard operating procedures.”

Israel has also claimed that it has no choice but to use deadly force at the protests to defend the frontier from terrorists trying to destroy the barrier and infiltrate Israel.

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