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Gazans return en masse to Israel border; 15 injured

12 Mai 2018

There are about 2 million Palestinians living in Gaza, and two-thirds of them are refugees or decedents of refugees. Many carried signs reading "Palestinian belongs to the Palestinians" and "Al-Quds belongs to Muslims".

President Donald Trump will address around 800 USA and Israeli dignitaries at the ceremonial opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem by video on Monday, a senior official said.

Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas politburo chief, told demonstrators in eastern Gaza Strip that "we will tell Trump, who is moving his embassy to Jerusalem that Jerusalem is an Arab and Islamic city and we won't let either Trump or Netanyahu to change it".

Palestinians are calling for an end to Israel's blockade of the territory and their right to return to lands their families fled or were expelled from during Israel's founding seven decades ago.

Abu Mustafa is the latest Palestinian to be killed during the protests.

The use of force by the Israel Defense Force, including live fire, has taken a severe toll on Palestinian journalists, Mansour said.

Also on Friday, Haniyeh noted "What the Palestinian resistance has in the Gaza Strip is terrifying for Israel", referring to the Palestinian resistance's steadfastness in the face of Israeli wars and siege and its decision not to give up its arms, but to develop it.

Israel maintains that Palestinians left Israel of their own accord or for their own safety, but some Israeli historians admit a "handful" of expulsions had occurred.

Israel has warned that it will prevent any border breach.

At least 15,000 Palestinians took part in Friday's protests in several locations along the Gaza-Israel border fence.

Mr Sinwar said he hoped Israel would not shoot at what he called "peaceful" protests.

Israel says it only opens fire when necessary to stop damage to the fence, infiltrations and attacks.

Thousands of Palestinians gathered at five different points along the border, an AFP correspondent at the scene said.

The Israelis have responded to the protesters hurling rocks, Molotov cocktails and burning tires with bullets and tear gas. The vast majority of people killed at or near the fence have been Hamas and other terror group members.

Hamas has said if the protests "don't achieve their goals", they will continue.

Gazans return en masse to Israel border; 15 injured