The Palestinian Health Ministry announced that 77 Palestinians were injured on Friday evening as a result of the Israeli army assault on the weekly marches in the eastern Gaza Strip.
The ministry said in a statement that 31 of the wounded were hit by live bullets.
Since the Gaza rallies began in March last year, more than 320 protesters have been killed — and thousands more wounded — by Israeli troops deployed near the buffer zone.
Demonstrators demand an end to Israel’s 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has shattered the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its two million inhabitants of many basic amenities.
*Writing by Sibel Ugurlu
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