Israeli occupation forces killed two Palestinians amid protests in the Gaza Strip for the 21st consecutive Friday under the banner of the Great March of Return.
2 Palestinians were killed and more than 240 injuries in the Israeli occupation aggression on the #GreatReturnMarch along the eastern borders of of #Gaza pic.twitter.com/3JN8xceHOU
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Meanwhile, a Palestinian citizen of Israel was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Karim Ahmad Ali Fatayer, 28, was fatally shot in the head when Israeli soldiers opened fire on unarmed protesters near the boundary fence in Gaza’s central district, the human rights group Al Mezan reported.
Israeli forces also fatally shot in the head Saadi Akram Muhammad Abu Muammar, 27, near Rafah in southernmost Gaza.
More than 100 others were shot with live ammunition on Friday, according to Al Mezan.
“As usual, Israeli occupation forces deliberately targeted medical personnel,” Al Mezan stated.
“They fired live ammunition toward them and used tear gas canisters as weapons aimed directly at their bodies, despite their clearly marked clothing.”
Since the Great March of Return protests began on 30 March, Israeli forces have killed three medics, including 22-year-old Abdallah al-Qatati last Friday.
This Friday, two Red Crescent volunteers were injured – one by a tear gas canister fired directly at him, and the other with bullet shrapnel to the knee – as they tried to evacuate injured persons in northern Gaza, Al Mezan reported.
Since the start of the year, more than 200 Palestinians have died by fire from the Israeli military and armed civilians, more than than 180 of them in Gaza. At least 125 have been killed during Gaza’s Great March of Return protests.
More than 5,000 Palestinians have been injured with live ammunition since those protests began, among them more than 800 children.
There has been a single Israeli fatality related to Gaza during that period, a soldier killed by sniper fire last month – the first Israeli death due to fire from Gaza since the 2014 ceasefire.