The injuries occurred after Israeli forces attacked hundreds of peaceful Palestinian protesters with live ammunition during a naval march in the town of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday.
The Palestinian Ma’an News Agency said Israeli forces opened fire at protesters approaching the fence separating Gaza from the occupied territories and hurled teargas bombs that caused many to suffer from respiratory problems.
The Palestinian protesters, in response, moved dozens of boats toward an Israeli navy vessel in an attempt to break the 12-year-long siege on Gaza.
A Palestinian boat sails off the the coast of the northern Gaza Strip in an attempt to break the decade-long siege on the enclave on October 22, 2018. (Photo by Ma’an)
The demonstration on Monday was the 13th naval march against the crippling blockade of the enclave.
The Gaza Strip has been under an inhumane Israeli siege since 2007 and witnessed three wars since 2008. The blockade has caused a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and poverty.
Tensions have been running high near the fence since March 30, which marked the start of a series of protests dubbed “The Great March of Return.” Palestinian protesters demand the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.
The deadly clashes in Gaza reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day, or Day of Catastrophe, which coincided this year with Washington’s relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.
More than 200 Palestinians have so far been killed and over 20,000 others wounded in the renewed Gaza clashes, according to the latest figures released by the Gaza Health Ministry.