Gazans resume 'Great Return March' as Israeli strikes subside
Reeling from the upsurge of agression, in which precision airstrikes targeted homes of Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants, protestors in Gaza have been mobilising under the fresh slogan calling for Palestinian unity and the return of Jerusalem as their capital.
The official committee which organises the protest movement called for maximum participation to honour the "legacy of martyrs, vows of prisoners and wounds of the maimed", according to Palestinian news agency Wafa.
Friday's march will take place in the afternoon, with protesters setting off from three protest camps, situated in Gaza city, Deir al-Balah and Rafah respectively.
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Protesters have been advised to avoid two other camps, North Gaza and Khan Younis, in order to make way for a large demonstration marking the 32nd anniversary of the founding of Hamas, the militant group who control the strip.
Great Return Marches had been curtailed in previous months, due to a flare up of violence between Israel and Hamas' rival militant group, Islamic Jihad (PIJ).
The spate of violence saw the assisination of a high profile commander in PIJ, Baha Abu al-Ata. 34 Palestinians, including women and children, were killed in airstrikes.
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The Great March of Return began on March 30, 2018. According to the Jabalia-based Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, 213 have been killed while taking part in the protests.
The figure includes 46 women and children, nine disabled people, four paramedics and two journalists
The protesters demand the right to return to their ancestors' homes, from which they were forcefully expelled in 1948 to clear the way for Israel's creation.
According to scholarly estimates, Zionist millitias removed some 700,000 Palestinian villagers from their native lands.
The protesters are also demanding an end to the 12-year-long Israeli blockade, which has crippled life in the strip.
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