TEHRAN (Basirat): Israeli army troops opened fire on Palestinians near the Gaza fence during another "Great March of Return" rally on Monday, killing at least 55 people, including children and woman, and wounding more than 2,000 others as tens of thousands of demonstrators are reportedly participating in the protest.
The Gaza Health Ministry reported on Monday that the death toll of the
Palestinians matyred by Israeli fire in Gaza border clashes has risen to 55,
while some 2,000 people, including children, women and journalists, have been
injured by Tel Aviv regime's forces who are positioned along the fence.
The rally also coincided with the moving of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem, in line with the Washinton's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital
of Israel in December, furthering stoking tensions and angering Palestinians.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians have launched the Great March of Return in the
besieged Gaza Strip to demand their right of return to their villages and towns
they were forcibly displaced.
The 46-day peaceful protests began on March 30, which coincided with the 42nd
anniversary of the Land Day, which marks the day Israeli forces killed six
Palestinians during protests against land confiscation in 1976. It continues
until May 15, which marks the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (catastrophe), in
which over 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly displaced from their homes in
Since the start of the rallies, over 105 Palestinians have been killed and at
least 10,000 injured along the fence in Gaza, with no reports of Israeli
casualties, according to reports.
The United Nations top human rights official has strongly condemned Israel’s use
of "excessive force” on Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip. UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has stressed that Israel had
to stop the practice and hold to account those responsible for the many deaths
Palestinian and foreign doctors have reported that the live fire used by Israeli
troops has caused unusually severe injuries among protesters in the besieged
Gaza Strip over the past month.
Multiple human rights organizations have come out in full condemnation of
Israel’s violent raid on the massive unarmed civilian protests in the besieged
Human Rights Watch (HRW) slammed Israel’s killing of Palestinian protesters as
"unlawful” and "calculated”, saying those officials who authorized the Israeli
military to use lethal force ahead of the mass rallies in Gaza are to blame for
The HRW added that footage of the Gaza demonstrations includes no evidence of
protesters using firearms, questioning the Israeli claim that the number of
Palestinians injured by live ammunition was likely in the dozens.
"These are the biggest protests we have seen on the border with Gaza so far,"
Israeli Defence Forces Spokesman told Kann News.