At 2:30pm on Saturday, 31 March 2018, Israeli forces based in monitoring sites opened fire and launched tear-gas canisters at hundreds of protesters—youth and children—who demonstrated in near Al Shuhada cemetery in eastern Beit Lahia city as part of the ‘Great Return March’, called for by a national committee of Palestinian factions to honor Land Day. 11 protesters, including two children, were injured and thus taken to the Indonesia hospital, Beit Hanoun hospital, and Al Awda hospital, where their injuries were assessed to be moderate. Eight of these casualties sustained wounds by live ammunition in various parts of their bodies while the other three were wounded by tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets.
During the demonstration, protesters threw stones at Israeli forces, which responded by using live ammunition and tear-gas canisters against protesters; 11 Palestinians, including a child and a photojournalist, were injured by live ammunition, some moderately while others lightly. Israeli shooting at protesters continued until 7:30pm on the same day. Other protesters affected by tear gas received the necessary treatment by medical staff in the field. Israeli forces continued shooting until the evening of the same day.