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Second Day of Clashes in Gaza Strip Leaves 36 Palestinians Injured - Reports

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Palestinians attend a tent city protest along the Israel border with Gaza, demanding the right to return to their homeland, east of Gaza City - Sputnik International
GAZA STRIP (Sputnik) - At least 36 Palestinian nationals received gunfire injuries on Saturday in clashes with Israeli forces on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Ashraf Kidra, the Gaza Health Ministry spokesman, told Sputnik.

The second day of clashes continues, as a mass protest along the Israeli border aimed at attracting attention to the problem of Palestinian refugees kicked off on Friday. The first day of protests left 15 Palestinians killed and over 1,500 injured.

Palestinian protestors stand facing the Israeli settlement of Qadumim (Kedumim) during clashes with Israeli security forces following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus, in the occupied West Bank on December 30, 2016 - Sputnik International
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"The number of injured today amounts to 36 people. All the injuries caused by live fire," Kidra said.

Earlier in the day, Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief, urged the sides to avoid further escalation of tensions and called for a transparent investigation into the use of live ammunition by the Israeli forces.

Meanwhiel, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said Saturday that at least 10 known terrorists were among the Palestinians killed in Friday clashes amid mass rallies on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

"At least 10 known terrorists with track records of terrorist activity were killed whilst carrying out acts of terror during the violent riots along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip on Friday March 30, 2018," the IDF said on its Twitter account.

The Palestinian protest dubbed "The Great Return March" is dedicated to the so-called Land Day commemorating the day in 1976 when Israeli troops killed six Arabs protesting against confiscation of land. On May 15, Palestinians will commemorate the Nakba (disaster in Arabic), when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced after Israel announced its independence in 1948.

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