KHAN YOUNES, Israeli forces Monday detained three Palestinians near the border crossing east of Khan Younes, south of the Gaza Strip.
Witnesses said that Israeli soldiers stationed at military watchtowers and in tanks along the borders detained the three for allegedly approaching the border crossing, as Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition towards the unarmed protesters.
Thousands of Palestinians Friday launched the Great March of Return in the besieged Gaza Strip to demand their right of return to their villages and towns they were forcibly displaced from in 1948.
A Palestinian succumbed to his wounds Monday after being shot by Israeli snipers as he participated in the largest non-violent demonstration to the east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, medics said, raising the death toll to 17.
In addition to the 17 Palestinians killed, approximately 1,500 others were wounded, including many who are still being hospitalized after being shot by explosive bullets, also known as dum dum bullets, resulting in calls for an independent inquiry by the European Union and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency