GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli occupation forces have been using the Great Return March and its thousands of protesters as a sort of “testing ground” for new forms of weaponry and crowd control, say physicians in the Gaza Strip. They talk of explosive bullets and an unknown gas that causes severe convulsions and loss of consciousness, among other symptoms.
“We are being used as guinea pigs to test new weapons, as the case in past Israeli wars on Gaza,” says Ashraf al-Qedra, MD, spokesperson for the Gaza Health Ministry.
Local sources said that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) used an unknown kind of teargas bombs against the peaceful protesters on the 53rd Friday of the Great March of Return.
There are a new kind of teargas bombs that give off red and yellow flames and have been used for the first time by IOF against the peaceful protestors, and no one knows what they are composed of, the source added.
The Ministry of Health in Gaza reported that at least 83 Palestinians reached the hospitals on the 53rd Friday of the peaceful Great March of Return, east of Gaza Strip.
Palestinians participate in Great March of Return protests every Friday in an attempt to put pressure on the Israeli authorities to break the siege imposed by Israel for more than 12 years.
Israel has killed more than 260 Palestinians, injured more than 28,000 others since the beginning of the Great March of Return on March 30, 2018.