- Title: Nakba: Nearly 50 Palestinians wounded in anniversary protests
- Date: 15th May 2019
- Summary: KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA (MAY 15, 2019) (REUTERS) ISRAELI ARMY JEEP FIRING STUN GRENADES TOWARD PROTESTERS WHITE SMOKE SEEN IN THE GAZA SIDE OF BORDER PARAMEDICS MOVING INJURED PROTESTER ON STRETCHER PROTESTERS CHANTING AMBULANCES AT SITE PROTESTERS THROWING STONES TOWARD ISRAELI JEEP MEDICAL UNITS CARRYING INJURED MAN ON STRETCHER VARIOUS OF SMOKE SEEN NEAR THE BORDER BETWEEN ISRAEL AND GAZA GAZA CITY, GAZA (MAY 15, 2019) (REUTERS) HAMAS SPOKESMAN FAWZI BARHOUM (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAMAS SPOKESMAN, FAWZI BARHOUM, SAYING: "Our people have the right to send their letters to all the participants in this festival ( Eurovision); on the day of Nakba, to say that their participate is support violence, and the Israeli terrorism against the people in Gaza and the Palestinian children and against the Palestinian artist and people." PROTESTERS CARRYING PALESTINIAN FLAG PROTESTERS RUNNING AFTER ISRAELI ARMY FIRED TEAR GAS VARIOUS OF PEOPLE AT BORDER WITH ISRAEL PARAMEDICS TAKING WOUNDED TO A MOBILE CLINIC WOUNDED BOY WOUNDED MAN ON STRETCHER VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING DURING PROTEST RE'IM, ISRAEL (MAY 15, 2019) (REUTERS) FIRE NEAR THE BORDER WITH GAZA, DUE TO FIRE BOMBS FROM GAZA WIDE OF BLACK SMOKE GAZA AS SEEN FROM ISRAELI SIDE TWO ISRAELI CHILDREN LOOKING TOWARD GAZA FROM ISRAELI SIDE
- Embargoed: 29th May 2019 17:11
- Keywords: Gaza Nakba day Israel wounded border protests
- Location: KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA CITY, GAZA/ RE'IM, ISRAEL
- City: KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA CITY, GAZA/ RE'IM, ISRAEL
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001AF0E3BB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Israeli troops wounded nearly 50 Palestinians at the Gaza border on Wednesday (May 15) during protests to mark the 71st anniversary of the "Nakba", or catastrophe, when many Palestinians lost their homes in the fighting around Israel's creation, Gaza officials said.
Thousands had gathered at the coastal enclave's frontier with Israel, the scene of bloodshed over the past year that has raised international concern.
Groups approached the border fence, planting Palestinian flags and throwing stones towards Israeli soldiers on the other side despite the efforts of marshalls in orange vests to keep protesters away from the barrier, witnesses said.
Israeli troops fired tear gas and rubber bullets to repel them, but also live ammunition, the witnesses said.
The Gaza Health Ministry said at least 47 people were wounded, though it was not clear how many of those were hit by live ammunition or were hurt by rubber bullets or by inhaling tear gas.
The Israeli military said about 10,000 rioters and demonstrators gathered in several places along the Gaza Strip fence.
Wednesday's rallies were called to mark Nakba Day, what Palestinians term the catastrophe that befell them at Israel's creation in 1948, when hundreds of thousands fled or were expelled from lands in what is now Israel.
This year's Nakba protests were preceded by a surge in deadly cross-border fighting between Gaza militants and Israel which ended in a ceasefire on May 6.
Israeli troops have killed more than 200 Palestinians and wounded thousands in regular border protests since March 2018, according to human rights groups. U.N. investigators have said the Israeli military might be guilty of war crimes for using excessive force.
Israel has said it is defending its border against attacks against its troops and infiltration attempts by gunmen.
Israel has rejected a Palestinian right of return as a threat to maintaining a Jewish majority in a country it describes as the nation-state of the Jewish people.
Frustration is growing among Palestinians as hopes fade for a two-state solution to the conflict which would give them an independent country. President Donald Trump's announcement in December 2017 of U.S. recognition of disputed Jerusalem as Israel's capital also fueled Palestinian anger.
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