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Dozens of Palestinians injured in Gaza protests

By Danielle Haynes
Dozens of Palestinians injured in Gaza protests
A Palestinian man is evacuated as tear gas fired by Israeli troops fills the air during a protest calling for lifting the Israeli blockade on Gaza at the Israel-Gaza border fence Friday. Photo by Ismael Mohamad/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Though dozens of Palestinians sustained injuries Friday during protests at the Gaza border, tensions were more subdued than previous demonstrations that have taken place each week since late March, local officials said.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said 87 people sustained injuries in clashes with the Israeli military, including 32 who were hospitalized. The Gaza Health Ministry said some were injured with live bullets, others with rubber-coated steel rounds, causing some serious injuries.

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Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported nearly 7,000 Palestinians were involved in Friday's demonstration, with most congregating near a tented area more than 2,000 feet from the border fence.

The demonstrators were taking part in weekly Friday protests at locations along the border. The demonstrations, named the Great March of Return, call for the return of refugees to their homes and lands from which they were displaced in 1948.

This week's demonstration coincided with the 101st anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a statement by the British government supporting a Jewish settlement in Palestine.

Last week's protest was decidedly more violent, with four deaths and some 230 injuries.

The Gaza Health Ministry said more than 204 Palestinians have been killed since the protests began March 30.

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