Palestinian protesters killed in Gaza Strip

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"The message of the Palestinian masses that they came today to reiterate their right in living in dignity and freedom like other peoples of the region without a siege and without the big prison that enclaves the Gaza Strip". The forces responded with tear gas and opened fire, killing four Palestinians and wounding 64.

Hamas is also under domestic political pressure. The Islamist Hamas group rules the territory and has fought three wars with Israel in the past decade.

Egypt has been trying to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. In exchange, Israel is demanding Saturday's protests be non-violent and that Palestinians stop firing rockets into Israel. "We will continue our marches until all our goals are achieved", he said.

The death came just hours before a protest to mark the anniversary of the "Great March of Return" protest at the fence. Israel fired on Hamas posts in response.

In the final stretch of the campaign, Netanyahu needs to keep the Israel-Gaza frontier quiet, without seeming to make concessions to Hamas.

While many protesters have remained far back from the heavily fortified border fence and demonstrated peacefully, other have approached in numbers and clashed with Israeli forces. Egyptian mediators were reported to have made progress towards a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the militant Palestinian organisation that controls Gaza, after a Hamas rocket hit a house north of Tel...

The IDF tweeted the following video which recorded half hearted efforts on the part of local Gazans to break across the line of Hamas security personnel, who looked like ushers at a soccer stadium, maintaining the pre-agreed 300 yard zone separating the crowd from the fence.

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His use of the protesters' slogan appeared to be aimed at diverting the recent criticism of his group.

Waving Palestinian flags, demonstrators chanted slogans for an end to the 12-year-long Israeli blockade on Gaza, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter in the area.

Saturday's demonstrations were held at five rallying points along the border with Israel.

Dozens of volunteers in fluorescent vests prepared to restrain demonstrators from getting too close to the border fence.

Such groups routinely burn tires, flash laser lights and detonate explosives near the fence at night to distract soldiers and disturb residents of nearby Israeli communities.

Some protesters started approaching the barrier, prompting Israeli forces to respond with tear gas. The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

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At least one Palestinian was killed and 13 protesters were wounded by Israeli live fire, according to Palestinian medical officials. "Israel", said 16-year-old Mohammed Ali.

A third teenager, also aged 17, succumbed to his wounds and died in the late evening. In Gaza past year, the date was also used to highlight the Palestinian right of return. On this day in 1976, Arab masses took to the streets in 48 lands to protest vigorously after Israeli authorities seized the territories of a number of Arab villages to allocate them to building more settlements. Palestinians have also launched incendiary balloons and kites into Israel.

According to the Gaza Health Ministry, 269 Palestinians have been killed and thousands injured in the protests since they started past year.

Palestinian protesters join the Great March of Return in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip on March 30, 2019.

Hamas quickly took the lead in the protests, using the gatherings to call for an easing of the blockade.

In February a United Nations probe said Israeli soldiers had intentionally fired on civilians in what could constitute war crimes.

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