GAZA (Dispatches) – At least 49 Palestinians have been injured in clashes between hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators and Zionist troops in the eastern Gaza Strip, a local official said.
Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the health ministry in Gaza, told reporters that 49 demonstrators were injured, including 14 children.
Clashes broke out on Friday afternoon between the Palestinian demonstrators and the Zionist troops during the weekly anti-Zionist protests, better known as the Great March of Return.
The weekly marches and protests have been going on since March 30 last year, calling on the regime to end more than 12 years of a tight blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Demonstrators waved Palestinian flags, approached the fence in eastern Gaza, chanted anti-Zionist slogans and threw stones and homemade hand grenades at Zionist troops stationed near the fence in retaliatory moves.
The health ministry in Gaza said earlier in an emailed press statement that the regime’s army has killed 312 demonstrators and wounded more than 19,000 by live gunfire since the beginning of the weekly protests.
Hazem Qassame, spokesman of Hamas movement in Gaza, said in an emailed press statement that the participation of masses of demonstrators "is to show that the Palestinians are sticking to their legitimate rights."
"The marches insist that the unfair siege must be lifted and the Palestinian rights must be regained," he added.