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Breaking; The Palestinians mark's the first anniversary of border protests in Gaza

Palestinians gather as tear gas is fired by Israeli forces during a protest marking Land Day and the first anniversary of a surge of border protests, at the Israel-Gaza border fence east of Gaza City, March 30, 2019.

Palestinians mark the first anniversary of border protests they began to demand the easing of an Israeli-Egyptian economic blockade and the right of return to lands that Palestinian families fled or were driven from on Israel's founding in 1948.
Palestinians gather as tear gas is fired by Israeli forces during a protest marking Land Day and the first anniversary of a surge of border protests, at the Israel-Gaza border fence east of Gaza City, March 30, 2019.
Palestinians gather as tear gas is fired by Israeli forces during a protest marking Land Day and the first anniversary of a surge of border protests, at the Israel-Gaza border fence east of Gaza City, March 30, 2019. (Reuters)
Crowds of Palestinians are heading to rallying points near the Gaza border fence for the planned mass rally to mark one year of weekly protests in the Gaza Strip.

They began protests on March 30 to demand the easing of an Israeli-Egyptian economic blockade and the right of return to lands that Palestinian families fled or were driven from on Israel's founding in 1948.

Tear gas was used to disperse crowds as ambulances arrived on standby.

Earlier, Gaza health officials said Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man near the perimeter fence with Israel .


In the year since the protests started, at least 266 Gazans have been killed. 

Fouad Aishan, 40, came with his five children to the frontier. He said he plans to show his children the Israeli forces and return to safety before the march started.

"I come here driven by personal national motivation," he said. "It has nothing to do with what the politicians do."


"We believe in the idea"

Basheer Faraj lost his left leg in May when he was protesting at the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. He was shot by an Israeli sniper. 

Saturday's one year anniversary of the start of the protests will bring Basheer and other Palestinians again.

"I've accepted my injury, and on March 30th I'm going to take part, and I'll be at the front of the protest ... People can stare at me, but it doesn't affect me," Basheer said.

"We participate because we believe in the idea. And the evidence is that when one of us is injured, we still go back to protest again. Because the goal isn't to get injured and stay at home. The goal is to send the message out," said Yousef Abdrabo, protester of the Great March of Return.

Tensions have mounted along the Gaza border this week ahead of the commemoration.


"Guilty of war crimes"

Israel's use of lethal force has drawn censure from the United Nations and rights groups. UN investigators said last week that Israeli forces may be guilty of war crimes for using excessive force.

Israel says it has no choice but to use deadly force at the protests to prevent people from breaching the border fence and attacking civilian communities in the area.

More than two million Palestinians are packed into the narrow coastal enclave where poverty and unemployment rates are high. 

The blockade is cited by humanitarian agencies as a key reason for impoverishment in Gaza.

Israel seized Gaza in a 1967 war and pulled out its troops in 2005.a

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