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Palestinian Factions Say to Scale Back Protests on Israel-Gaza Border

Palestinian Factions Say to Scale Back Protests on Israel-Gaza Border

Thursday, 26 December, 2019 - 14:00
In this Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 file photo, A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Organizers of the weekly Palestinian demonstrations along the Gaza Strip's frontier with Israel say they will significantly scale down the gatherings in 2020. AP

Palestinians in Gaza will scale back protests along the border with Israel, factions in the strip said on Thursday.

For nearly 20 months, Palestinians have held weekly demonstrations dubbed the "Great March of Return", which have often turned violent as people throw rocks and firebombs at Israeli troops who respond by shooting with live fire, Reuters reported.

Gaza medical officials say 214 Palestinians have been killed since the Friday protests began in March 2018.

However, the protests have tapered off in recent months.

The Higher National Committee, a collection of Gaza-based factions and civil society organizations which organize the protests, said there will be a protest this Friday but that demonstrations thereafter would be held monthly and on national occasions.

The protesters have called for an end to a security blockade imposed on Gaza by Israel and for Palestinians to have the right to return to land from which their families fled or were forced to flee during Israel’s 1948 founding.

Israel rejects any such return, saying that would eliminate its Jewish majority.

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

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