(PKONWEB Report) — Thousands of Palestinians grieve after 17 were killed in violent Gaza clashes on Friday after Israeli forces fired live ammunition, tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at protesting Palestinians.
The incident has prompted UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to call for an “independent and transparent” investigation into the violence and the use of military weaponry.
Friday’s demonstrations commemorated Land Day, which took place on March 30, 1976, when six unarmed Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed by Israeli forces during protests against the Israeli government’s decision to expropriate massive tracts of Palestinian-owned land.
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Organizers of the protest, dubbed “the Great Return March”, said the main message of their six-week demonstration was to call for the right of return for Palestinian refugees.
Meanwhile, several videos circulating on social media show unarmed Palestinian protesters being shot in the back or while praying by Israeli snipers.
In one of the videos, a demonstrator – identified by relatives as 19-year-old Abdelfattah Abdelnabi – is shot in the back while running away from the border separating the Gaza Strip and Israel.
The footage shows Abdelnabi and another Palestinian being just a few meters away from a small group of unarmed protesters. A loud shot rings out and Abdelnabi drops to the floor.
According to the Palestinian health ministry, Abdelnabi died from his wounds.
More than 100 snipers were deployed to the border for the planned demonstrations, according to Israeli media.
In another video, a worshiper was shot in his right leg while he was performing Asr, the afternoon prayer, near an Israeli border fence.
The group of Muslims praying next to him stopped their communal prayer before rushing to seek cover.
In a third video, an unarmed Palestinian girl was shot as she waved a Palestinian flag near the border. It was unclear what injuries she sustained.