Palestinians gather for more protests along Gaza border

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GAZA CITY: Hundreds of Palestinians began gathering on the Gaza border Friday for the sixth week of protests in which dozens have already been killed by Israeli fire.

At a protest camp east of Gaza City, several hundred people prepared for demonstrations expected to gain momentum in the mid-afternoon following the main weekly Muslim prayers.

Organisers said part of Friday’s plans included attempting to fly dozens of kites, some carrying Molotov cocktails, over the border fence.

A 32-year-old man wearing a camouflage hat with his face masked, a traditional keffiyeh scarf around his neck, said they hoped to fly around 50 kites.

“We hope to return back to our land, which is occupied,” said the man who declined to give his name. “I’m not afraid, only of Allah.”

Forty-nine Palestinians have been killed since protests and clashes began along the Gaza border on March 30 and hundreds of others have been wounded from gunfire.

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

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