At Least 189 Gazans Said Wounded in Border Clashes With Israeli Army

Gaza Health Ministry says 73 were evacuated to hospitals across the Strip, at least 50 wounded from live gunfire ■ Among injured is son of Hamas official ■ Eyewitnesses claim Palestinian ambulance was fired upon

Palestinian paramedics carry an injured protester east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on August 24, 2018
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At least 189 Palestinians were wounded during clashes with the Israeli army along the Gaza border on Friday, Gaza's Health Ministry reported. 

73 were evacuated to hospitals across the Strip and 116 were treated in the field, according to the report. Out of those, at least 50 were wounded from live gunfire, the health ministry stated.

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Eyewitness reports claimed one of the ambulances evacuating people injured was fired upon east of the Jabalya refugee camp, and that one of the wounded is Majdi Fathi Hammed, the son of a member of Hamas' politburo.

This is the the 22nd week the so-called 'March of Return' is taking place along Israel's border with Gaza. This week's march was dedicated to the medical crews and journalists operating in Gaza.

Also Friday, a senior Israeli official told journalists covering Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's diplomatic trip to Lithuania that Israel was operating to obtain a real cease-fire with Hamas and should one be achieved, "we will move on to the next stage."

The official was referring to the fact that while Israel and Hamas have reached a cease-fire, Jerusalem is interested in a wider agreement to end tensions with Gaza.