Palestinians gathered on Saturday in the cities of Khan Younis and Rafah to bid farewell to two victims, one a 15-year-old boy, who were both shot dead during protests at the Israeli fence separating Gaza from the occupied territories a day earlier, Press TV reported.
The demonstration dubbed “One-Million March for al-Quds” was held to mark International Quds Day that was also observed in many countries to condemn Israel’s decades-long occupation of Palestine and its atrocities against Palestinians.
The annual event, which falls on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, is a legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, who designated the day in solidarity with the Palestinians.
According to medics, Israeli troops killed four Palestinians, including a boy, and wounded hundreds of others on Friday with live fire or tear gas used against protesters at the Gaza fence as weeks of deadly clashes with protesters continue.
The Friday rallies came after months of mass protests in Gaza which proved Israel's inability to stop the Palestinians despite widespread use of deadly force against unarmed protesters.
Since late March, over 120 Palestinian protesters have been killed and thousands more wounded by Israeli forces, mainly sharpshooters.
The Israeli military has come under intense international criticism for permitting its forces to open fire on unarmed protesters in Gaza.
Tensions have been running high near the Gaza fence since March 30, which marked the start of a series of protests, dubbed “The Great March of Return,” demanding the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.