Hundreds Protest in Gaza; Seven Seriously Wounded by IDF Gunfire, Palestinians Say

More than 40 protesters were injured by Israeli army gunfire; dozens transported to hospitals in Gaza. Hamas says 'attempts to deter and frighten the participants have failed'

Protests on the Israel-Gaza border, June 22, 2018.
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Hundreds of Palestinians protested on Friday near the border fence in the Gaza Strip, according to protest organizers.

More than 40 protesters were injured by Israeli army gunfire, seven of whom were seriously wounded, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported. Over 80 of those wounded were transported to hospitals in Gaza.  

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Processions were held in support of those wounded in Gaza's "March of Return," which started on March 30. Many of those who had been wounded in previous marches came to the encampments along the fence in support of Friday's march. Hamas praised their participation and said it was proof that "attempts to deter and frighten the participants have failed."
 
Over the past week, the military said it struck a base used by Gazans to launch burning kites. 
 
Last week dozens of Palestinians demonstrated at the border in what was the lowest protest turnout since the start of the border protests. According to the military, warning shots were fired at the demonstrators who were attempting to ignite incendiary balloons from southern Gaza. There were several reported wounded from tear gas inhalation near the fence in Khan Younis.