September 28, 2018: Mohammad Ashraf al-Awawda, 23, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers east of Gaza City while participating in a protest at the border fence between Gaza and Israel. He was one of seven Palestinians, including two children, who were killed by Israeli forces during protests on Friday.
The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that in addition to the seven Palestinians killed, Israeli soldiers wounded 506 others, including 90 with live fire; three of them suffered serious wounds, during the Great Return March processions, in the Gaza Strip.
Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said, “the types of injuries, and the deliberate use of sniper fire against the protesters, reflect one of the bloodiest and most brutal military assaults against the processions in the Gaza Strip, since the massacre of May 14.”
The army killed sixty Palestinians on May 14th, 2018, including six children and four officers of the Ministry of Interior and National Security, in the Gaza Strip, and injured more than 2700. |
Dr. al-Qedra stated that 506 Palestinians suffered various types of injuries, 210 of them were moved to hospitals, and added that 90 of the injured were shot with live fire, including three who suffered life-threatening wounds.
He also said that among the wounded are 35 children, four women, four medics (including one with live fire,) and two journalists.
The soldiers killed Mohammad Ali Mohammad Anshassi, 18, and Nasser Azmi Misbih, 12, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
In Gaza city, Israeli army sharpshooters killed Eyad Khalil Ahmad Sha’er, 18, who was killed east of the city, Mohammad Bassam Shakhsa, 24, from the Sheja’eyya neighborhood, east of Gaza city, and Mohammad Waleed Haniyya, 24, from the Shati refugee camp. Their corpses were moved to the Shifa Medical Center, west of Gaza city.
Furthermore, an army sharpshooter killed a child, identified as Mohammad Nayef al-Houm, 14, with a live round in the chest, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, before his corpse was moved to Al-Aqsa Hospital, in Deir al-Balah.
The soldiers also killed Mohammad Ashraf al-Awawda, 23, from the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.
Thousands of Palestinians participated in the Great Return March procession, along the perimeter fence, across the eastern parts besieged Gaza Strip, for the 24th consecutive Friday, while many burnt tires, and a few managed to cross the fence.
The protesters also managed to down an Israeli drone flying over the Great Return Camp, east of Rafah, in southern Gaza.
The Israeli army said that some protesters flew flammable balloons, across the perimeter fence.
The soldiers also fired several tank shells at observation posts, run by the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, east of Gaza city.
Over 180 Palestinians have been killed and thousands others injured since the outbreak of the Gaza border protests, on March 30. The protests call for ending the 12-year-long Israeli blockade of Gaza and for the right of return of the refugees.
Over 17,000 Palestinians have been wounded – 4,000 of them with live ammunition fired by Israeli soldiers toward the demonstrators.
Mohammad was from al-Boreij refugee camp, in the central part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC