Tags: Great March of Return

OCHA oPt: Humanitarian snapshot: mass casualties in the Gaza strip

This report from the UN OCHA-oPt details the number killed & injured during the Great March of Return, discloses Gaza’s struggle to deal with casualties, & itemizes its critical needs – medical personnel, medicine, access to treatment, & staff to help with documentation, legal issues, and mental health counseling.

As Israel continues to kill children with impunity, urge lawmakers to support H.R. 4391

Israel is targeting and killing children in the Gaza March – with vocal support from its leaders. Encourage your legislator to cosponsor Rep. Betty McCollum’s H.R. 4391, the “Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children.”

Facts & latest news on Gaza Great March of Return (periodically updated)

Since March 30, 2018 Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip–including families, women, and children–have gathered along the Israeli border to highlight their dispossession in 1948 and protest the growing humanitarian catastrophe. From that time through March 22, 2019, Israeli forces have killed 277 Gazans and injured 29,187, including women, children, disabled individuals, medics, and journalists. Many have been shot in the back, nearly all were unarmed and posed no risk to the heavily armed Israeli soldiers. During the same period, Gazan resistance forces killed 9 Israelis.

Multiple sources report “devastating injuries” from “exploding bullets” among Gaza protesters

Doctors Without Borders teams in Gaza report “devastating injuries of an unusual severity” and likely “serious, long-term physical disabilities” for most victims. According to Gaza Health Ministry, Israel’s new bullets are “the deadliest” ever; they explode inside the victim’s body, “frequently resulting in death.”

Palestinian Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered On March 30th

The 30th Palestinian to be killed by the Israeli military since the Great Return March began on March 30th is Marwan Odah Qdeih. Israeli forces have also injured close to 3,000 men, women, and children in this ongoing event which Palestinians intended to be a nonviolent protest. Israel stationed snipers and troops on the border with shoot-to-kill orders.