Three Palestinians, including a teenager, have been martyred and dozens of other protesters injured while taking part in the 39th week of Return Marches along the border between Gaza and the occupied territories.
According to Gaza’s health ministry, Mohammed al-Jahjouh, a 16-year-old demonstrator, was martyred after being struck in the neck by Israeli army gunfire on Friday.
Abdulaziz Abu Shree’a, 28, succumbed to his wounds after he was shot in the stomach, the ministry added.
Maher Yassin, 40, a person with special needs, also died after being critically wounded by Israeli live fire.
About 40 Palestinian protesters – including four medics and two journalists – sustained injuries, the ministry said.
Israeli occupation forces fired live ammunition and tear-gas grenades directly at Palestinian protesters gathered at the eastern borders of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, and in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip.
Friday’s rally was held under the slogan, “Honoring heroes of the resistance” and witnessed a turnout of around 8,000 protesters.