One Palestinian was shot dead and more than 400 people were injured Friday in the last “March of Return” protest at the Gaza-Israel border, which has run for seven straight weeks.
About 5,000 people participated in the demonstrations, the Israeli army said. It was the final event in a seven-week schedule of protests at the border every Friday, leading to Nakba Day.
Further protests are planned on what Palestinians regard as their “day of shame,” which coincides with Israeli independence day in the Gregorian calendar. While the official date is May 15, the protest is scheduled for May 14, to avoid conflicting with the start of the holy month of Ramadan.
Protesters clashed with Israeli troops Friday at several locations on the border between Gaza and Israel. Fires were started in Israeli territory by burning kites flown from the Gaza side, and the Israeli army said it used live ammunition against the violent demonstrators.