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Fri Mar 29, 2019, 02:00 PM

Gaza border protests: 190 killed and 28,000 injured in a year of bloodshed

Source: The Guardian

12 months on

Gaza border protests: 190 killed and 28,000 injured in a year of bloodshed

Using UN data we explore who has been affected, how they were injured and what life is like in Gaza today

Oliver Holmes and Josh Holder
Fri 29 Mar 2019 07.00 GMT

One year ago, Palestinians trapped in Gaza began a protest movement at the frontier with Israel that was intended to last six weeks.

Men, women and children demanded recognition of the right of Palestinian refugees in Gaza and elsewhere to return to their ancestral homes in Israel and for an end to a punishing blockade that has made life unliveable.

Israeli snipers fired live ammunition, killing and maiming dozens. This lethal response on 30 March 2018 triggered anger and disbelief across the world but has not stopped.

A year later, the rallies continue. Thousands have bullet wounds through their legs. The streets of Gaza are filled with people limping or in wheelchairs. Children, journalists and medics have been killed, even when they were standing far back from the fence. The UN has said Israelís military may have committed war crimes, deliberately targeting civilians.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2019/mar/29/a-year-of-bloodshed-at-gaza-border-protests

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