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