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#GreatReturnMarch: Two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in Gaza

Israel killed has hundreds of Palestinian protesters and injured thousands during the weekly demonstrations [Anadolu]

Date of publication: 6 September, 2019

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Israel has killed two Palestinians in this week's Great Return March protests.
Israeli forces killed two Palestinians and injured dozens more marching during the Great Return March protests on Friday.

Two Palestinians, currently unidentified, were killed and 23 others were wounded as Israeli snipers shot at Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip from the border fence.

Those shot were taking part in the 73rd consecutive week of the Great Return March protests. 

The Great Return March demonstrations began marching every Friday from 30 March 2018. 

Read more: Refugees at home: Palestinians in Gaza refuse to forget Nakba on World Refugee Day

Palestinians in Gaza have demanded the right to return to their lands inside what is now Israel.

During the 1948 war that triggered Israel's creation, referred to as the Nakba or 'catastrophe'  by Palestinians, at least 700,000 Palestinians that were expelled from their villages took refuge in nearby countries, or other Palestinian provinces. Among the provinces was Gaza.

Out of Gaza's 1.8 million population, 1.4 million are refugees - meaning refugees make up 70 percent of Gaza’s population.

Israel has killed hundreds of Palestinian protesters and injured thousands more during the weekly demonstrations.

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