Sep 1, 2018, 12:30 AM
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180 wounded in Gaza rallies on Friday

Tehran, Sept 1, IRNA - Gaza medics said 180 Palestinians were wounded in clashes in the West Bank and on the Gaza border; a third are said to have been injured from live fire, including a female nurse and a young boy.

The Israeli army wounded dozens of Palestinians taking part in protests in the West Bank and along the Gaza border fence on Friday, Palestinian medical officials said, Reuters reported.

Thousands of Palestinian massed near the Gaza border fence as part of weekly protests launched on March 30 to demand rights to lands lost in the 1948 war of Israel's foundation.

At the West Bank village of Ras Karkar, hundreds of Palestinians demonstrating against Israeli land seizures for Jewish settlements threw stones at troops, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets, injuring at least a dozen people.

The Israeli army said troops opened fire to disperse Palestinians who rolled burning tires at the fence, posing a breach threat, and, in one case, threw a grenade across it.

Tensions between the Israelis and the Palestinians near the Gaza border have been mounting since late March, which marked the beginning of the Great March of Return.

Since the start of rallies for return on March 30, some 170 Palestinians have been martyred and over 190,000 injured, hundreds of whom were reported to have been in critical conditions.
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