14 people lost their lives and another 1,200 were injured during the “March of the Great Return” that took place on Friday, March 30, in the Gaza Strip, on Earth Day.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Mohammed Rabhi al-Kafarna, Sari Walid Abu Aoudat, and Hamdan Ishmael Abu Amchah were killed by artillery fire from Israeli soldiers in Beit Hanoun.
Other demonstrators killed include Mahmoud Saadi Rahmi and Jahad Farina in eastern Gaza, Ahmed Ibrahim Aoudat (16 years old) in northern Gaza, Mohammed Abu Omar (19), Amin Mahmoud Mouammer in Rafah, Mohammed Kamal al- Najjar (25) in eastern Jabalia, Abdel Fattah Abd al-Nabi, Ibrahim Abu Shaar and Iyad Abdel Aal (34), announced the ministry
Another Palestinian boy, whose identity has not yet been announced, was killed in Beit Hanoun by artillery fire from the Israeli army.
On the morning of March 31st, a 31-year-old Palestinian farmer was killed after firing a cannon fire at al-Barakah in Khan Younis
Thousands of Palestinians took part in protests on Earth Day on Friday across the Gaza Strip to demand their right to return to their hometowns in the occupied territories. This protest, called “The March of the Great Return”, must last six weeks.
Protesters pitched tents near occupied Palestine. Another tent camp was set up along the Gaza border.
Many soldiers and snipers of the Israeli army have deployed across the border. From time to time, they would fire at the demonstrators gathered near al-Chojaya east of Gaza.
Hamas and Palestinian groups in Gaza have called on the population to participate massively in the march and move towards the border between the Gaza Strip and the occupied territories.
The Israeli regime occupiedthousands of hectares of Palestinian-owned land in March 1976. In this respect, the United Nations Security Council had an emergency meeting on the evening of Friday, March 30, at the request of Kuwait, to discuss the latest developments in Gaza.
Palestine’s representation at the UN sent a letter to the Security Council asking it to compel Israel to answer for its crimes. She also called for international protection for Palestinian protesters. The meeting was held in front of cameras.
As for Kuwait’s permanent representative to the UN, he called on the Council to take necessary measures and condemn the Israeli army’s abuses against Palestinian protesters.
For his part, the deputy ambassador of Sweden described the situation in Gaza as “regrettable”, advocating the immediate opening of an investigation into the deaths of many demonstrators. Concerned about Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip, he called on both parties, especially Tel Aviv, not to resort to violence.
Also in this context, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was deeply concerned about the clashes that broke out in the Gaza Strip on Friday, resulting in at least 14 dead on the Palestinian side. He called for an independent and transparent investigation.
It should be noted that none of the Palestinian protesters were armed nor did they threaten the Israeli military