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  • Palestinians evacuate a demonstrator during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border fence, January 11, 2019.

    Palestinians evacuate a demonstrator during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border fence, January 11, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 11 January 2019

Over 250 people have been killed during the weekly protests since they started in late March 2018.

At least one person was killed and another 25 injured after a day of repression by the Israeli forces against the Great March of Return Friday in Gaza, reports Palestine’s Health Ministry.

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The victim was identified as Amal Mustafa Ahmed Tramsi, 43. Local sources reported that people were injured by tear gas canisters and live bullets. The use of lethal force has become habitual during the protests.

The injured people included two members of the press and one paramedic.

Nayara Tardo, teleSUR’s correspondent, saidIsraeli forces attacked several Palestinian fishing boats on the Gaza Strip coast, arresting two fishermen whose whereabouts are still unknown.

The Great March of Return has been held every Friday since March 30, 2018, by Palestinians who demand their right to return to their territory and an end to the Israeli occupation.

Since then, over 250 Palestinians have been killed and over 20,000 injured. Many survivors have lost their limbs after being shot by Israeli soldiers. Human rights organizations have condemned Israel’s “shot-to-kill-or-maim” policy.

This Friday, the 42nd edition of the protest, about 13,000 people gathered, according to local authorities, including women, children, health professionals and journalists.

As Palestinians in Gaza seek the right to return, Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem are fighting for their right to remain in their lands. In recent months, the Israeli government confirmed it was demolishing the Bedouin village on Khan Al-Ahmar, located east of Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank, and announced they will evict 700 Palestinians from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.


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