GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinians were injured by live fire during a Nakba Day demonstration in the Gaza Strip on Friday, witnesses said.Locals told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers opened fire on peaceful demonstrators east of Gaza City, hitting three men in the legs.Dozens of Palestinians were taking part in the march to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the mass displacment of Palestinians during Israel's creation.An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an there were "about 100 rioters in the area" during the incident, confirming three direct hits by live fire after Israeli forces opened fire at the lower extremities of five individuals who approached the "security fence," and did not halt on order of the Israeli forces.
At approximately 13:20, Israeli forces stationed along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at a group of young men who were participating in a demonstration to commemorate the 67th anniversary of Nakbah near Nahal 'Oz crossing to the east of al-Shija'iyah neighbourhood in the east of Gaza City. As a result, three of them were wounded, and the medical sources at Shifa Hospital described the injury of one of them as serious. He was transferred to the Israeli hospital to receive medical treatment.
The wounded persons were identified as:
1. Muhanad Mohammed ShehdahKhader Heles (21), who was wounded with a bullet to the right thigh and transferred to receive medical treatment in Israel;
2. AmjadAnwar Salman Shallah (20),who was wounded by a bullet to the right leg; and3. Mohammed Yosri Hasan al-Hattab (22), whowas wounded with a bullet to the right leg.