Update (3 pm ET): Now that the sun has set on Gazans’ second “Great Return March”, Reuters is reporting that Israeli troops shot and killed a total of seven Palestinian protesters while wounding at least 200 along the Israel-Gaza border.
That raises the death toll to 27 between today’s demonstration and last Friday.
The dead include two minors – a 16 and 17-year-old boy.
The crowds were slightly smaller than last week’s demonstration. Protesters gathered around five different encampments set up along the border, Reuters reported.
IDF snipers have been instructed to shoot any demonstrator who wanders too close to the border fence – something that many younger Gazans have tried.
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After more than 20 Palestinians were killed during protests along the Gaza border fence last Friday, all of whom were subsequently labeled as violent terrorists by the IDF, and hundreds more were wounded (many of them under the age of 18), thousands of Gazans marched to the border for the latest in a series of planned demonstrations leading up to the anniversary of Israel’s founding on May 15.
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