Israeli forces injure dozens of women in Gaza rally

4 July 2018

Israeli forces injure dozens of women in Gaza rally

At least 134 Palestinians have been wounded after Israeli forces opened fire on thousands of women protesting along the fortified border in the besieged Gaza Strip, according to Gaza officials.

Gaza Health Ministry spokesperson, Ashraf al-Qudra, said in a statement on Tuesday (local time) that members of the media are among those injured.

It was the first mass women’s protest to take place since popular protests demanding the right of return for Palestinians started in March.

Dubbed the Great March of Return, the protesters are calling for their right to return to their homes from which they were forcbily removed in 1948 during a violent ethnic cleansing campaign that saw 750,000 Palestinians forced from their towns and villages.

According to Al Jazeera, the demonstrations are also protesting the Israeli-Egyptian land, sea and naval blockade that has been in place since 2006, when Hamas – the party governing the strip – came to power.

Many of the women participating in the protests were accompanied by their children.

Since the protests began on March 30, it is believed that Israeli forces have killed at least 138 Palestinians.