The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, 56 Palestinians during the Great Return March which was held in several parts of the Gaza Strip, and adding that twenty-three of the wounded Palestinians were shot with live rounds.
The protests were held near border areas in several parts of the border fence, in the eastern part of the besieged and impoverished coastal region.
Three of the wounded are two journalists, and one medic.
The Health Ministry said Israeli army sharpshooters shot at least twenty-three Palestinians, when the soldiers attacked the nonviolent protesters, and also fired dozens of gas bombs.
Ten of the Palestinians who were shot with live fire were injured east of the Zeitoun neighborhood, in the eastern part of the Gaza Strip, and were rushed to the Shifa Medical Center, suffering moderate-but-stable wounds.
Five Palestinians were shot, also with live fire, east of Rafah city, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and were moved to Abu Yousef Najjar Hospital.
Five Palestinians were shot with live fire east of Khuzaâa town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and were moved to the European Hospital. One of them is a journalist who was shot in his leg.
Three Palestinians were shot with live fire, east of Jabalia, in northern Gaza, and were moved to the Indonesian Hospital in nearby Beit Lahia.
The soldiers also caused many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, in several parts of the coastal region, including near the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.