Jan 4, 2019, 11:18 PM
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15 Palestinians injured in Return Marches in Gaza

Tehran, Jan 4, IRNA - Israeli troops fired live bullets and tear gas at The Great March of Return rallies on Friday, wounding 15 Palestinians and damaging three relief workers.

A reporter for Hawar news agency in Gaza reported that thousands of demonstrators took part in the return march called for by the Supreme National Body under the title of 'Resisting Normalization'.

The Ministry of Health condemned the ongoing violations by Israeli forces which led to the injury of volunteer paramedic Mohammed Abu Taaima with a gas bomb in the head east of Khan Yunis, Hawarnews reported.

Thousands of people walked on foot, buses, private cars and firecrackers towards the five return camps from the east of Jabalya in the north to Rafah in the south.

For more than six months, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have protested along the fence with Israel demanding their right to return to their homes in the land where their families were expelled from 70 years ago.

The Great March of Return rallies culminated on May 15 to mark what Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or Catastrophe, a reference to the forced removal of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and villages to clear the way for Israel's establishment in 1948.

The mass Friday demonstrations have continued since then.

Since the protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed at least 210 Palestinians in the besieged coastal enclave and wounded more than 18,000 people, according to health officials in Gaza.

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