Palestinian shot dead, border crossing torched as Gazans clash with Israeli forces

Ides of May

Ides of May

The move saw hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were driven out of what is now Israel. Many carried signs reading "Palestinian belongs to the Palestinians" and "Al-Quds belongs to Muslims".

Israeli media reports that Hamas is hoping to generate larger scale protests ahead of the anticipated move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem this upcoming Monday.

"We are very excited for the opening of the embassy on Monday afternoon", one United States official said, describing it as "a historic achievement" for the Trump administration and one that is happening way ahead of the anticipated schedule.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Palestine-Israel conflict, with Palestinians seeking East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel since 1967, as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

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The Palestinian March of Return is scheduled to climax on May 14, the day of the embassy dedication, which marks the 70th anniversary, according to the Gregorian calendar, of the birth of the modern State of Israel, though Hamas has called for the protests to continue beyond mid-May.

More than 300 were taken to hospitals, and three protestors remain in critical condition, including a 16-year-old who was shot in the head by an IDF sniper as he attempted to plant a Palestinian flag on the border fence.

Human rights organizations say the army's use of force is disproportionate to the threat posed by the Palestinians.

The Gaza leader of the Hamas militant group has suggested tens of thousands of Palestinians could storm into Israel on Monday. Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005.

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Hamas's leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar said Thursday he hopes to see hundreds of thousands of Palestinians breach the border fence from Gaza into Israel at next week's protests to coincide with the USA embassy's move to Jerusalem.

Sinwar said the mass protest would be "decisive", and declared that he and other top Hamas officials were "ready to die" in a campaign to end the blockade.

The Israeli army estimated that some 15,000 Palestinians took part, throwing grenades and gas bombs at Israeli soldiers, burning tires and damaging security infrastructure. The crowd erupted in cheers as protesters attached hooks and ropes to the barbed-wire fence and hauled sections of it away.

The Ministry of health in Gaza, controlled by Hamas, summed up the seventh Friday of the "March of return", may 11: 1 killed and 731 wounded.

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The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, has urged Israeli forces and Palestinians to exercise restraint, saying "demonstrations and protests must be allowed to proceed in a peaceful manner".

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