Published date: 30 March 2018 23:52 UTC
| Last update: 2 years ago
GAZA STRIP - Undeterred by the threat of live ammunition and teargas, thousands of Palestinians flocked to Gaza's border as part of the annual Land Day demonstrations.
Israeli security forces killed at least 16 Palestinians who took part in Friday's protest, and injured hundreds, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza.
The Land Day protests mark the deaths of six Palestinian citizens by Israeli troops in 1976 during a demonstration against land confiscations.
In the Gaza Strip, where 1.3 million of the small territory's two million inhabitants are refugees, protest organisers called for six weeks of demonstrations - dubbed as the "Great March of Return" - along the besieged Palestinian enclave and Israel.
The protest started on Friday and is set to conclude on 15 May for Nakba Day.
Middle East Eye's Mohammed Asad was on the ground taking pictures and bearing witness to the first day of the protest. Here are some of his images: