Israeli forces shoot 37 Gaza protesters, including five paramedics

Apr 19,2019

Five paramedics were reported among the wounded.

Israeli occupation forces shot a d wounded 37 peaceful Palestinian protesters during their participation in the Great March or Return activities in Gaza, including five paramedics.

One of the paramedics, the ministry of health in Gaza said, was shot in the head and at least one of the other protesters suffered serious injuries and three suffered moderate injuries.

Four of the wounded, the ministry added, are journalists.

Health ministry confirmed that Israeli forces shot Ahmed Weshah from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet in the central Gaza Strip. He was transferred to hospital to receive treatment of moderate injuries.

These latest injuries come hours after Israeli forces struck three security watchtowers with tank and drones following shots fired at the occupation troops on the Israeli side of the buffer zone. Officials in Gaza denied this.

Since 30 March 2018, when the Great March of Return started, the Israeli occupation forces have killed 272 Palestinians and wounded more than 16,000 others.

Last month, a UN inquiry concluded that Israeli soldiers had intentionally maimed Palestinians protesting in Gaza over the past year, creating a generation of disabled youth.

The UN report noted that over 80 per cent of the 6,106 protestors wounded in the first nine months of the Great March of Return were shot in the lower limbs.

Healthcare providers stressed that the pattern of wounds shows that Israeli soldiers are purposefully shooting to maim protesters, most of whom are in their 20s and now require long-term medical care.

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