Israeli forces have been using the Great Return March and its thousands of protesters as a sort of testing ground for new forms of weaponry and crowd control, say physicians in the Gaza Strip. They talk of explosive bullets and an unknown gas that causes severe convulsions and loss of consciousness, among other symptoms.
â€śWe are being used as guinea pigs to test new weapons, as the case in past Israeli wars on Gaza,â€ť says Ashraf al-Qedra, MD, spokesperson for the Gaza Health Ministry.
Local sources said that Israeli forces used an unknown kind of teargas against peaceful protesters on the 53rd Friday of the Great March of Return.
These are new teargas bombs that give off red and yellow fumes and have been used for the first time against the peaceful protestors, and no one knows what they are composed of, the source added, according to Days of Palestine.
The Ministry of Health in Gaza reported that at least 83 Palestinians reached the hospitals on the 53rd Friday of the Great March of Return.
Palestinians participate in these protests every Friday, in an attempt to put pressure onÂ Israeli authorities to break the siege imposed for more than 12 years.
Israel has killed more than 260 Palestinians, injured more than 28,000 others since the beginning of the marches, on March 30, 2018.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.