Israeli forces have killed at least 120 Palestinians in Gaza since protests began on March 30. Thousands more have been injured in demonstrations against the loss of Palestinian lands, Israel’s blockade of Gaza, and the US embassy move to Jerusalem.
A large turnout on the Gaza border is expected later on Friday and protests are also expected to take place in the West Bank to mark Al Quds Day.
At least 120 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during near-weekly demonstrations that began on March 30. Thousands have been injured.
The Hamas-led demonstrations have been fueled by despair over a decade-old Israel-Egyptian blockade, imposed after Hamas began governing the territory.
Demonstrators have also called for the “Right of Return” to their homes in what is now Israel. Some two-thirds of Gaza’s two million people are descendants of refugees who fled or were forced from their homes during the war surrounding Israel’s establishment in 1948.
The deaths and injuries caused by the use of live fire by Israeli snipers in Gaza has brought wide-spread condemnation.
Most recently, during a visit to Europe this week, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was told by Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May that the situation in the region had deteriorated and that much needed to be done to alleviate the situation and bring peace.