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Gaza Border Protests Resume After 3-Week Pause

Gaza Border Protests Resume After 3-Week Pause

Friday, 6 December, 2019 - 16:15
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/Mohammed Salem

Thousands of Palestinians have gathered along Israel´s fortified border fence with Gaza as regular protests resume after a three-week pause.

Gaza´s health ministry said Friday four Palestinians were wounded by Israeli live fire during the restrained demonstrations at several sections of the frontier.

The territory´s Hamas rulers had put the weekly marches on hold since mid-November following a short round of cross-border fighting with Israel.

The fighting, the worst in months, was sparked by an Israeli targeted killing of a senior commander from the smaller but more radical Islamic Jihad group.

The protests resumed as leaders from Hamas and Islamic Jihad are in Cairo, talking with Egyptian mediators about cementing a ceasefire with Israel that is expected to ease Gaza´s 12-year-old blockade.

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