Palestinian protesters and journalists on Sunday faced injuries at the hands of Israeli occupation forces as they gathered near the border fence in the Gaza Strip. Their purpose was to voice their solidarity with the al-Aqsa Mosque and Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails amidst escalating tensions in the occupied territories. This incident once again underscores the ongoing challenges and Israeli violence faced by Palestinians in their quest for justice.
Israeli occupation forces deployed excessive force to disperse the demonstrators, leading to a grim turn of events. Tear gas canisters fired by the Israeli forces hit two journalists, located east of Jabalia in northern Gaza. Furthermore, several others experienced the effects of gas inhalation as they attempted to document and report on the protests. These events serve as a stark reminder of the risks Palestinian journalists face by the Israeli occupation.
The protests were not confined to a single location but rather occurred in various areas along the border fence, reflecting the widespread sentiment among Palestinians. Demonstrations unfolded in Gaza City, Rafah, Khan Yunis in the south, and Bureij Camp in the central Gaza region. Palestinian flags waved high, and passionate slogans condemning the Israeli occupation, as well as its human rights violations and disregard for international law, echoed throughout these protests.
The Gaza Strip, a region smaller than many cities, has endured a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007. This protracted blockade has resulted in a dire humanitarian crisis marked by widespread poverty and soaring unemployment. With limited access to resources and restricted movement, the people of Gaza continue to face immense challenges in their daily lives.
Additionally, Gaza has borne witness to several Israeli military offensives, the most recent of which occurred in May 2021. During that devastating conflict, more than 250 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli occupation, and thousands sustained injuries.