One day after Israeli forces killed at least 15 Palestinians during “The Great Return March” over Palestinian refugee rights to return to their homeland, Israeli forces are again shooting marchers in Gaza Saturday.
According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, over 1,400 Palestinians have been injured in Gaza by Israeli sniper fire since the rally began Friday. Over two dozen Palestinian protesters have already been injured on Saturday. The protests turned violent after the first day, as forces under the direction of the administration of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deployed tear gas and used live fire to force back those approaching the security fence.
“Medical facilities in Gaza, which have already been overstrained by the longstanding shortages of medical supplies, electricity, and fuel, are struggling to cope with the overwhelming number of casualties,” Gaza’s Ministry of Health reported, cited by Common Dreams.
“The Great Return March” is dedicated to the so-called Land Day commemorating the day in 1976 when Israeli troops killed six Arabs protesting confiscation of their land. The event is expected to end on May 15, a day also referred to as the ‘Nakba,’ meaning ‘disaster’ in Arabic, commemorating the day hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced after israel seized territories during the nation’s 1948 independence proclamation.
Sarah Leah Whitson, director for the Middle East and North Africa regions…