Great Return March: 59 Palestinians Martyred, 2700+ Injured
"Israeli" occupation forces opened fire on Palestinians who gathered near the Gaza barbed wire for the climax of a six-week demonstration coinciding with the inauguration of the US embassy in the holy occupied city of al-Quds.
Confrontations erupted along the fence Monday between Palestinians and Zionist occupation forces as protesters converged on the site for a "day of rage".
According to Gaza health officials, at least 59 Palestinians were martyred and over 2,700 wounded by "Israeli" snipers who were positioned along the occupied border.
Later on Monday, Palestinian ambassador to the UN said there were eight children under the age of 16 among Palestinians killed during violent clashes that took place on the border fence separating the Zionist entity from the Gaza Strip.
"We condemn in the strongest terms these atrocities by the "Israeli" occupying forces, using this massive fire power against civilians who have the right to demonstrate peacefully -- and they have been demonstrating peacefully," Riyad Mansour added.
Earlier since March 30, "Israeli" occupation soldiers martyred 45 Palestinians.
The death toll has drawn international criticism.
Earlier on Sunday, the "Israeli" air force dropped leaflets over the Gaza Strip warning Palestinians not to approach the fence and threatening to target Hamas resistance movement's facilities in the besieged territory if protesters breach the barbed wire.
Palestinian witnesses said the Zionist aircraft also dropped flammable material on Monday to burn tires that protesters had stacked to set on fire. The "Israelis" also fired tear gas at people inside the tented encampments that have sprung up along the fence.
The rallies known as the "Great March of Return" are due to climax on Tuesday, the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day [Day of Catastrophe] when the Zionist regime was created.
Every year on May 15, Palestinians all over the world hold demonstrations to commemorate the day, which marks the anniversary of the forcible "Israeli" eviction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland in 1948.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team