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Six months since the Great March of Return

On 30 March 2018, six months ago, Palestinians launched the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip. The protests called for the right of return of Palestinian refugees, and the end of the siege which has throttled the Gaza Strip for more than a decade.

Mohammed Zaanoun, a photographer from Gaza, was there. Zaanoun was injured during the protest, when shrapnel penetrated his hands. He says that “The occupying forces deliberately target journalists. There is always a danger, so every Friday I feel that I will not go home”. But, he adds, “With my photos, I hope that the world will see the truth about is happening in Gaza”.

According to Al Mezan Center for Human Rights 201 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the start of the Great March of Return. A 148 people were killed in the demonstrations – including 30 children, one woman, two journalists, three paramedics, and three people with disabilities. More than 5,000 protesters were shot by live ammunition.

This photographic essay includes images taken from the first day of March of Great Return to the protests held on Friday.

28 September 2018: A large crowd of Palestinian protesters face tear gas canisters shot by Israeli forces at the Gaza separation fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. They had gathered to mark the 27th Friday since the Great March of Return started.


25 May 2018: A Palestinian carries an injured child. In total 30 children have been killed since the beginning of the protests, and more than 900 were injured by live fire.


14 September 2018: A Palestinian, engulfed in heay smoke, holds a molotov cocktail.


21 July 2018: A protestor climbs the outer wall of the ‘Karni’ crossing, east of Gaza city.


30 March 2018: Palestinian medics throw their arms in the air in front of Israeli soldiers as they try to reach injured Palestinians near the Gaza fence in the eastern part of the Gaza Strip. On this, the first day of the Great March of Return, 17 Palestinians were killed and more than 1,400 were injured.


7 April 2018: Mourners, including fellow journalists, carry the body of Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja, during his funeral in Gaza City. Murtaja died from his wounds after being fatally shot by Israeli snipers. In 6 months, two journalists were killed and one hundred injured.


21 September 2018: Palestinians take cover from Israeli forces during the 26th Friday protest of Great March of Return.


3 July 2018: An elderly woman and a man walk through a cloud of tear gas during a women’s protest, at the Gaza border fence, east of Gaza City. Thousands of women participated in a demonstration that day.


21 September 2018: A Palestinian, engulfed in heavy smoke, throws stones during the 26th Friday protest of Great March of Return, Gaza Strip. During the protests, Palestinians used burning tyres to have a heavy smokescreen to obstruct the view of the Israeli snipers.


28 September 2018: Palestinians evacuate a critically injured protestor who had been shot in the head by Israeli forces. He was identified as 24-year-old Mohammed Bassam Shakhsa. On this day, 7 Palestinians were killed, including 2 children.


10 September 2018: A Palestinian medic carries an injured demonstrator during a protest against the siege, near the separation barrier between Gaza and Israel at the seaside on the Northern part of the Gaza Strip.


10 September 2018: Palestinians run from Israeli fire during a demonstration at the seaside on the Northern part of the Gaza Strip.


31 August 2018: A Palestinian woman throws stones. Women’s participation has been high during the Great March of Return demonstrations, and many have been in the frontline of the protests.


28 September 2018: Palestinians storm the Gaza fence during the protest marking the 6-month anniversary of the beginning of the Great Return March.


28 September 2018: A Palestinian woman shouts while climbing the Gaza fence.More than 100 women were injured by live ammunition in the six-month period of protest, and one was killed.


21 September 2018: A crowd of Palestinians during the protest at sunset.


This article first appeared on newframe, and can be accessed here. 





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