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Gaza hospitals struggle to cope with numbers of wounded protesters

16 May 2018

More than 2,700 people were injured, many of whom were shot in the legs, in events described by Palestinian leaders as a "massacre" but which the Israelis said was a "measured" response to threatened terrorism by the militant Palestinian group Hamas.

At least 61 people were killed on Monday and more than 2,400 injured after Israeli forces gunned down Palestinians protesting against the United States embassy move to Jerusalem.

Tuesday is what Palestinians call their "nakba" anniversary, or catastrophe marking the creation of Israel 70 years ago. Meanwhile, her family told the media her uncle had taken her towards the protest area in search of her mother.

"I think we will see the same consequences".

On Tuesday, two Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli occupation forces' fire, but the number of protesters - and wounded - declined dramatically from Monday as Gazans mourned those killed the day before. Hers was one of a succession of funeral ceremonies. "I thought she was sleeping".

Close to the border he eventually found his mother Heyam and handed Leila over to her.

"So I took her with me on the bus".

The vast majority have been killed by live ammunition fired by Israeli snipers but Leila was reportedly caught up in a cloud of tear gas, only temporarily painful for adults but potentially more unsafe for infants.

Monday's violence erupted after up to 40,000 protestors gathered at three crossing points in the security fence which separates the Hamascontrolled Gaza Strip from Israel.

Israeli troops used tear gas and live fire against protesters, as they approached the border fence, wounding nearly 3,000 and sparking condemnation from the United Nations (UN). "We were at the tent camp east of Gaza when the Israelis fired lots of tears", Omar said, according to The Metro UK.

Another serious shortcoming in the article is that the repeated description of the riots and clashes as "protests", along with the reference to worldwide criticism of what the AP calls "Israel's use of lethal force against unarmed protesters" and the absence of reference to the molotov cocktails, guns, knives, axes, wire cutters, explosives, and arsonist kites, is a complete distortion of the nature of the Hamas-led activity at the fence.

As thousands farewelled the dead, Israel defended its actions and said it was acting in self-defence against Hamas. "We must protect our border".

He termed the recent Israeli killings as "inhuman" and "shameful", adding that the day Israeli forces killed dozens of Palestinians along the Gaza fence should be called "Black Monday".

Elsewhere in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, families were preparing to bury their loved ones.

Gaza hospitals struggle to cope with numbers of wounded protesters