At least 16 Palestinians have been killed and 918 have been wounded by Israeli fire in the protests on the Gaza border against the transfer of the US embassy. from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and on the occasion of the March of Return, which claims the right of refugees to return to their homes.
According to the spokesman of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al Qedra, the first dead was Anas Qudieh, 21 years old from a bullet in the east of Khan Younis, in the south of the enclave. Shortly after, another young man, identified as Musab Abu Leila, aged 28, died in the demonstrations in the east of Jabalia, in the north of the Strip, confirmed the same spokesman. Later, five other Palestinians were reported dead, including a minor, Izaldin Musa Al Samak, aged 14; Obaidan Salem Farhan, 30; Mohamed Ashraf Abu Stah, 26; Izaldin Nahid al Aweiti, 23; and Bilal Ahmed Abu Daqa, 26.
The Ministry has estimated that 512 of the injured were treated with different degrees of severity. A spokesman for the Hamas terrorist group has indicated in a statement that “the Palestinians will not accept to live under the blockade that has been imposed in the Gaza Strip and are determined to declare their independence”.
The Israeli army has accused the Islamists of “directing a terrorist operation under the cover of masses of people in ten towns in Gaza. According to Hamas’ own statements and the information we have, Hamas attempts to carry out a series of terrorist attacks, including massive infiltration into Israel from various points that aims to harm the citizens of Israel and the security forces”.
Palestinian operations to attempt attacks “have taken place in recent weeks and are likely to escalate today”, the military note added.