GAZA STRIP (Dispatches) – The Zionist regime’s navy has opened fire on a group of Palestinian fishing boats that sailed off the shore of Gaza to break the years-long siege on the coastal enclave.
The incident took place after some 55 boats set sail from the Gaza port in the northern Gaza Strip and headed towards the nearest point of the sea border with the occupied territories to challenge the Zionist regime’s blockade.
There have been no reports available on the casualties yet.
Palestinian Health Ministry reported that at least 49 Palestinians sustained gunshot wounds during the violence or suffered respiratory problems due to inhalation of tear gas. Among the injured was Palestinian reporter, Atieh Hejazi, who was covering the event for Iran's Arabic-language Al Alam television news network.
The Gaza Strip has been under siege by the Zionist regime since 2007 and witnessed three wars since 2008. The blockade has also caused a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and poverty.
Tensions have been running high near the Gaza fence since March 30, which marked the start of a series of protests, dubbed "The Great March of Return.” Palestinian protesters demand the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.
The Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year with the US embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied al-Quds.
The Zionist regime’s fire has so far taken the lives of more than 170 Palestinians since March 30.
The picture shows medics treating injured Palestinian protesters on the Gaza beach on September, 10, 2018.