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  • A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border fence, in the southern Gaza Strip Jan. 18, 2019.

    A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border fence, in the southern Gaza Strip Jan. 18, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 18 January 2019

The Israeli occupation forces fired live bullets and rubber-coated steel rounds at the protesters, Palestinian State Agency WAFA reported.

Fourteen Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire in new clashes along the Gaza border Friday, said Gaza's health ministry, protests that are part of the March of Return protests that Palestinians in Gaza have been organizing weekly since last March.

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The ministry said the 14 were shot, including two medics, but did not report that any were in life-threatening condition.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in multiple locations along the border, though clashes were less intense than in previous weeks, AFP and Reuters reported.

The Israeli occupation forces fired live bullets and rubber-coated steel rounds at the protesters, Palestinian State Agency WAFA reported,  injuring Ahmad Ghanem, a correspondent of Al-Mayadeen TV, and journalist Mohammad Abu-Qadus, in addition to three paramedics.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said approximately 14,000 Palestinians took part in "riots" along the border, with protesters "burning tyres and hurling rocks at (Israeli) soldiers".

Palestinians have held often violent demonstrations along the Israel-Gaza border since March 2018.

At least 243 Palestinians have since been killed by Israeli fire, the majority during protests and clashes. Others have died in airstrikes or shelling.

Most of the casualties occurred on May 14, 2018 when Israeli forces attacked Palestinian protesters marking the 70th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of historical Palestine, elsewhere referred to as the Nakba of 1948, and the ensuing ethnic cleansing of half a million Palestinian refugees.


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