Israeli forces shoot 50 Palestinians in Gaza as 71st Nakba Day protests begin


Israeli military forces shot at least 50 Palestinian protesters with live ammunition in Gaza Strip during mass protests marking the 71st anniversary of Nakba Day or “Day of Catastrophe” on Wednesday.

Thousands of Palestinian protesters in Gaza, a tiny enclave which has suffered from a 12-year-long Israeli blockade, marched to the eastern borders with Israel to demand their right of return as refugees to their homelands, which is now occupied by Israel.
Local sources confirmed that Israeli forces started to fire live bullets and tear-gas at the protesters from the early hours of the march in a bid to prevent the gathering.
Medical sources confirmed that 50 Palestinians were shot and injured with live ammunition, while dozens of others suffered from severe tear-gas suffocation.
Sources added that Israeli forces and snipers were deployed across the borders.
The Israeli regime came to life on May 15th 1948, known as the Nakba or “catastrophe.”
Over 750,000 Palestinians were displaced during and after the establishment of the regime. Today, more than five million Palestinians remain refugees as the push for a way to return to their lands.
This year’s Nakba Day protests come as Gazans have been participating for over a year in the “Great March of Return” protests along the border with Israel. Since the beginning of the protests on March 30th 2018, Israeli forces have killed at least 305 Palestinians, including 59 children, 10 women, and one elderly, and injured 17,335 others.


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