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The demonstrations are the latest protests organized by Hamas, which began in late March. On that day, protests are timed to coincide with the planned move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to contested Jerusalem, where Palestinians hope to establish a future capital.

USA officials are closely monitoring the security situation in Israel ahead of a historic ceremony celebrating the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem, according to senior Trump administration officials. Israeli officials said the fires were under control. One Palestinian was killed. He stressed that the protesters would be unarmed and peaceful, but also likened them to a "starving tiger", saying the residents of Gaza were so desperate that their actions were impossible to predict.

The Israeli regime has faced global criticism over its use of live fire.

Israeli troops fired live bullets and tear gas Friday across a border fence into Gaza, killing a Palestinian man and wounding 146, Gaza's Health Ministry said. The Gaza Health Ministry reported that among the hundreds of protestors who were wounded 143 were shot with live ammunition.

Seven people have been critically injured, including a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the face.

Israel says it will defend its border, and accuses Hamas of exploiting civilians and trying to use the border clashes as a cover to stage militant attacks.

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Israeli human rights group B'Tselem has urged Israeli soldiers to refuse orders to open fire on the protesters.

The Hamas-led demonstrations, fueled by despair in Gaza, are part of a campaign to break the blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt after the Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007.

Days after President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, tensions in the Middle East have spiked sharply, raising concerns that the pending US Embassy move to Jerusalem will further ratchet up conflict with unpredictable outcomes for the Middle East, according to a CNN report. Thousands of protesters gathered in the Indonesian capital's National Monument park, waving Palestinian flags and carrying banners - including one that read "Stop, Trump!"

On Tuesday, Palestinians will mark Nakba, or "Day of the Catastrophe", referring to the mass uprooting of Palestinians during the Mideast war over the 1948 creation of Israel.

Asked what concessions the United States had won from Israel in exchange for the move, a senior administration official said that was not what the decision was about.

At previous peace talks, the Palestinians have always demanded, along with sovereignty in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Old City, a "right of return" to Israel for Palestinian refugees who left or were forced out of Israel when it was established. ( TRTWorld ) There are several areas in Gaza where protesters participate in the Great March of Return. Some flew kites with burning rags attached.


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