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20 Sep 2019 | 11:59 AM UTC

Israel/Palestinian Terr.: 76 Palestinians wounded amid protests on Gaza border September 20 /update 77

Thousands of Palestinians protest on Gaza border September 20, with Israeli security forces wounding at least 76 protesters; similar protests and clashes expected over the coming weeks

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Event

Approximately 8000 Palestinians participated in a protest along the Israeli-Gazan border on Friday, September 20, clashing with Israeli security forces, who dispersed the demonstration using tear gas and live ammunition. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza reported that Israeli soldiers wounded 76 Palestinian demonstrators, including 48 by live ammunition.

Similar protests and clashes are to be expected along the Israeli-Gazan border over the coming weeks.

Context

Palestinians have staged weekly protests at the Gaza-Israel border fence since March 30, 2018. At least 308 Palestinians have been killed, including 15 on the first day of the demonstrations, and nearly 7000 have been wounded.

Advice

Individuals in Israel and the Palestinian Territories are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations due to the risk of violence, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments. Seek immediate shelter in the event of a rocket attack.

Some Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and areas near the Israeli-Lebanese, Israeli-Syrian, and Israeli-Egyptian borders.

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