Israelis along Gaza border being warned about explosive kites

Israelis along Gaza border being warned about explosive kites

Israelis along Gaza border being warned about explosive kites

There were no early reports of deaths or injuries at the five tented camps which have sprung up on the Palestinian side of the 25-mile (40km) border fence beside which Gazans launched what they call "The Great March of Return" on March 30.

The IDF warned Israelis Friday to keep away from the security fence with the Gaza strip, for fear of explosive kites.

The Israeli army has responded to the peaceful demonstrations with excessive force, killing at least 47 Palestinians since the rallies began one month ago.

Every year on May 15, Palestinians all over the world hold demonstrations to commemorate Nakba Day, which marks the anniversary of the forcible eviction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland by Israelis in 1948.

Facing worldwide censure over its use of live fire in the protests, Israel says it is protecting its border and takes such action only when protesters, some hurling firebombs and trying to plant explosives, approach too closely.

Two-thirds of Gaza's 2 million people are descendants of refugees who fled or were expelled during the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation.

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Palestinian protesters have gathered along the Gaza-Israel for the sixth successive week.

Aser was shot east of Gaza City on April 27, Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al Qudra said. "If they don't allow us back, at least they should give us a state".

Anas Abu Asr was wounded near Gaza City last Friday, the fifth of weekly protests led by the ruling militant Hamas group.

The protests take place at a time of growing frustration as prospects for an independent Palestinian state look poor.

The move has deeply angered the Palestinians, who see the Israeli-annexed eastern sector of Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. Israel's government celebrated the USA decision, saying it recognised the "reality" that Jerusalem was the historic capital of the Jewish people. "We do believe the Israelis have a right to defend themselves", he said.

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