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In Gaza protests, Israeli troops aim for the legs

In this combination of 10 photos taken on Sept. 19, 2018, Palestinians shot in the legs during demonstrations at the Gaza strip's border with Israel p...
In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Mohammed Shabit, 26, poses as he awaits treatment at a clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders) in Gaza City. Shabit...
In this Sept. 19, 2018 photo, Mohammed Afana, 20, poses for a portrait as he waits for treatment at a clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders) in G...
In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Mohammed al-Rafati, 24, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Al-Raf...
In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Mohanad al-Khawas, 20, poses as he awaits treatment at a clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders) in Gaza City. Al-K...
In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Ahmed Subeih, 24, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders. Subeih was th...
In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Fathi al-Sakani, 19, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Al-Sakani...
In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Mahmoud 19, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Mahmoud says he lo...
In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Ayman Harb, 36, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Harb, a parame...
In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Ahmed Abu Marahil, 20, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Marahil...
In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Mohammed Hilles, 18, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Hilles sa...
In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Hassan Abu Houdi, 19, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Houdi sa...
In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Abdel-Fattah al-Khatib, 19, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Al...
In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Mahmoud Saad, 25, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Saad says he...
In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Mohammed al-Eissawi, 24, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Al-Ei...

In this combination of 10 photos taken on Sept. 19, 2018, Palestinians shot in the legs during demonstrations at the Gaza strip's border with Israel p...

In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Mohammed Shabit, 26, poses as he awaits treatment at a clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders) in Gaza City. Shabit...

In this Sept. 19, 2018 photo, Mohammed Afana, 20, poses for a portrait as he waits for treatment at a clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders) in G...

In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Mohammed al-Rafati, 24, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Al-Raf...

In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Mohanad al-Khawas, 20, poses as he awaits treatment at a clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders) in Gaza City. Al-K...

In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Ahmed Subeih, 24, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders. Subeih was th...

In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Fathi al-Sakani, 19, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Al-Sakani...

In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Mahmoud 19, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Mahmoud says he lo...

In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Ayman Harb, 36, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Harb, a parame...

In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Ahmed Abu Marahil, 20, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Marahil...

In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Mohammed Hilles, 18, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Hilles sa...

In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Hassan Abu Houdi, 19, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Houdi sa...

In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Abdel-Fattah al-Khatib, 19, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Al...

In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Mahmoud Saad, 25, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Saad says he...

In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Mohammed al-Eissawi, 24, poses as he awaits treatment at a Gaza City clinic run by MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Al-Ei...

GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) — Israeli forces have fired live rounds at rock-throwing Palestinian protesters ever since demonstrations against Israel's long-running blockade of Gaza began in March. And for eight months, Israeli snipers have targeted one part of the body more than any other — the legs.

Gaza's Health Ministry says over 6,000 Palestinians, or about 60 percent of those who have been treated at hospitals and medical clinics, have been shot in the lower limbs.

Israel says it is responding to weekly assaults on its frontier by Palestinians armed with stones, grenades and firebombs. The military says it opens fire only as a last resort, and considers firing at the lower limbs an act of restraint.

Still, 175 Palestinians have been shot to death, and the number of wounded has reached colossal proportions.


Updated : 2021-05-08 13:22 GMT+08:00