Gaza,(Alresalah.ps)-- At least 33 Palestinians were injured on Friday when the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) heavily opened fire at the peaceful protesters taking part in the Great March of Return on Gaza border.
The PIC reporter said that hundreds of Palestinians marched along the border fence east of Gaza for the 37th week of the Great March of Return despite the cold and stormy weather. The Higher National Committee for the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege early on Friday called for the largest participation the border march which is set to commemorate the anniversary of the First Intifada. Member of the committee and the Political Bureau of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Talal Abu Zarifa, said in press statements that the Palestinians are determined to continue their protests until they achieve their goals, particularly a complete halt of the Israeli blockade on Gaza. "Today we take part in the Great March of Return armed with international legitimacy after the failure of the US draft resolution condemning the resistance at the United Nations General Assembly," he added. The Palestinians have been protesting since 30 March along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and the 1948 occupied territories to demand an end for the 13-year-long blockade on the enclave and call for the return of refugees to their lands from which they were expelled in the 1948 war. Since the start of the border protests, 247 Palestinians have been killed by the IOF, while 22,000 injured, 500 of whom are in critical conditions.