More than 1 million Palestinians are expected to take part in Nakba Day protests, marking the 71st anniversary of “Nakba Day,” as the National Committee for Breaking the Siege had called for a million-person march.
“The Great March of Return” had begun on March 30, 2018, by thousands of Gazans demanding their right of return as refugees to their original homelands, now in present-day Israel.
Since the beginning of the Great Return March and Breaking the siege Israeli occupation forces killed 305 Palestinians, including 59 children and 10 women, and injured 17301 others, including 3544 children and 1168 women.
The National Committee for Breaking the Siege deployed hundreds of volunteers to help maintain the safety of protesters.
The ministry declared the readiness of all emergency departments across the Gaza Strip in preparation for protests.
Demonstrators demand the right of Palestinian refugees to return to the homes from which they were driven out of in 1948 to make way for the creation of the new state of Israel.
They also demand an end to Israel’s 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.