The Ministry stated that the army targeted the clearly marked field clinics, causing seventeen medics to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, along with dozens of Palestinians, who were receiving treatment there. They said a Gazan journalist was in a serious condition after being shot in the abdomen.
The organisers of the Great Return March say the protests are a non-partisan and peaceful call for worldwide support, yet erroneous media reports have characterised the demonstrators as "rioters" directly "clashing" with Israeli forces. This would not have been possible if the organization were linked in any way to Hamas, which the United States and Israel proscribe as a "terrorist" group. The protests are receiving only slightly more coverage on Al Jazeera, which is controlled by Qatar, supports Hamas in Gaza and is closer to Iran.
Friday's protest drew thousands of people, the third large-scale demonstration along the volatile border in as many consecutive Fridays.
On Friday, groups of youths waved Palestinian flags and burnt hundreds of tyres and Israeli flags near the fenced-off border after Friday prayers.
Israel accuses Hamas, the movement that runs Gaza and with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of using the protests as cover to carry out violence.
For the third week in a row, Palestinians staged violent, smoke-filled riots along the Gaza border, guided by the day's theme of burning Israeli flags.
The blockade has driven Gaza deeper into poverty, with unemployment approaching 50 per cent and electricity available for less than five hours a day.
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Thousands of Palestinians gathered at five tent camps, several hundred meters (yards) from the border fence.
"We want to affirm our denial of their existence on our lands by burning their flag, and call for our right of return", Said Nedal Al-majthoub, another demonstrator, told MEE. "We came here so the world can see us and know that life here is miserable, and that there should be a solution".
Some 350 Gazans were treated for injuries, including 59 from live fire, Palestinian authorities said. This statement was submitted to the Israeli Supreme Court, in response to a petition by two injured Palestinians, who were denied passage to a Ramallah hospital, reportedly leading to the amputation of limbs. The Israeli authorities have stated that numerous fatalities were members of Hamas and other armed groups, and accused the MoH of inflating the number of wounded by live ammunition.
No Israelis have been killed during the demonstrations, and human rights groups say the Israeli military has used live fire against unarmed demonstrators who pose no immediate threat to life.
"An order to open live fire at unarmed protesters is manifestly unlawful", it said.
No Israeli soldiers or civilians have been wounded or killed during the protests in Gaza.
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