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Friday of protest in Gaza

14 April 2018

A young Palestinian was killed and 968 persons were injured as a result of Israeli repression against the occupation organized in the Gaza Strip for the third consecutive Friday.

The first two Fridays - with far less on intervening days - saw tens of thousands gather near the border with Israel at five locations.

Palestinians began demonstrations and sit-ins on the anniversary of "Land Day".

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The rallies are part of a six-week demonstration that will culminate on May 15.

Demonstrators demand that Palestinian refugees be granted the "right of return" to their towns and villages in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel. "We have no knowledge of any Israeli strike in the area", he said.

Israeli forces fired tear gas, rubber-coated steel pellets and live rounds.

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The Israeli military also displayed a video footage in which the frontier fence is seen being cut and breached during the recent clashes. An Israeli foreign ministry spokesman tweeted, "Israel will continue to defend its borders and its citizens". Israel's army said it was investigating the photographer's death.

Palestinians gather to protest near the Israeli border fence, east of Gaza City in the central Gaza Strip on April. 13, 2018. The rioters also threw explosives and rocks toward the Israeli side of the border and attempted to fly a kite over to the Israeli side that had a firebomb attached to it. Some have said they intend to use mirrors and lasers to distract Israeli snipers, according to The Jerusalem Post.

In the camp, 37-year-old construction worker Omar Hamada said he is protesting to draw world attention to Gaza and get the border reopened. Hamas official Mohammed Thuraya said, "This is our duty to our people, to ease the suffering of our citizens". At least 26 were killed during protests. Walter Miller, U.S. representative to the United Nations, said "bad actors" were using the "protests as a cover to incite violence".

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According to sources from the Ministry of Health of Gaza, among the injured were civilians who were wounded by Israeli soldiers, as well as people with symptoms of suffocation due to tear gas inhalation.

Friday of protest in Gaza