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UPDATE 2 – Gazans rally along Israel buffer zone for 36th week

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By Nour Abu Aisha and Qais Abu Samra

GAZA CITY/RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – For the 36th consecutive Friday, thousands of Palestinians converged on the Gaza-Israel buffer zone to take part in ongoing mass demonstrations against Israel’s decades-long occupation.

In a statement, Gaza’s National Authority for Breaking the Siege renewed its call to the people of Gaza to take part in the ongoing rallies.

Hamas spokesman Abdullatif al-Qanoua, for his part, said in a statement: “Palestinians are asking the world to translate this day of solidarity with our people into practical actions, like lifting the siege [on Gaza] and ending the [Israeli] occupation.”

Instituted by the UN in 1977, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is marked each year on Nov. 29.

Protesters in Gaza demand the right to return to their homes and villages in historical Palestine, from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

They also demand an end to Israel’s 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.

Since the rallies began on March 30, more than 210 Palestinians have been martyred — and thousands more injured — by Israeli troops deployed near the buffer zone.

According to Gaza's Health Ministry, 28 Palestinians were injured by Israeli army gunfire while taking part in Friday's demonstration.

In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, meanwhile, Israeli troops forcibly dispersed several Friday rallies, leaving five Palestinians injured by gunfire and dozens more suffering the effects of teargas, according to witnesses.

“Two Palestinians were hurt by heavy ammunition when Israeli troops broke up a protest march that began following Friday prayers,” Murad Ishteiwi, a popular resistance activist in the town of Kafr Qaddum (near the West Bank city of Nablus), said.

According to Ishteiwi, Israeli troops used both heavy ammunition and rubber bullets — in addition to teargas — to disperse Palestinian demonstrators, who responded by throwing stones.

And in the village of Al-Mughayyir east of Ramallah, at least three Palestinian demonstrators were injured by rubber bullets fired by Israeli troops, according to an Anadolu Agency correspondent based in the area.

The Israeli army also reportedly dispersed demonstrations in the West Bank towns of Nilin, Bilin and Ras Karkar.

Rallies are organized every Friday throughout the West Bank by popular resistance committees which demand an end to Israel’s policy of unbridled settlement construction on occupied Palestinian land.

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UPDATE – Gazans rally along Israel buffer zone for 36th week

UPDATES WITH INJURIES

By Nour Abu Aisha and Qais Abu Samra

GAZA CITY/RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – For the 36th consecutive Friday, thousands of Palestinians converged on the Gaza-Israel buffer zone to take part in ongoing mass demonstrations against Israel’s decades-long occupation.

In a statement, Gaza’s National Authority for Breaking the Siege renewed its call to the people of Gaza to take part in the ongoing rallies.

Hamas spokesman Abdullatif al-Qanoua, for his part, said in a statement: “Palestinians are asking the world to translate this day of solidarity with our people into practical actions, like lifting the siege [on Gaza] and ending the [Israeli] occupation.”

Instituted by the UN in 1977, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is marked each year on Nov. 29.

Protesters in Gaza demand the right to return to their homes and villages in historical Palestine, from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

They also demand an end to Israel’s 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.

Since the rallies began on March 30, more than 210 Palestinians have been martyred — and thousands more injured — by Israeli troops deployed near the buffer zone.

According to Gaza's Health Ministry, 13 protesters were injured on Friday by Israeli army gunfire.

In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, meanwhile, Israeli troops forcibly dispersed several Friday rallies, leaving five Palestinians injured by gunfire and dozens more suffering the effects of teargas, according to witnesses.

“Two Palestinians were hurt by heavy ammunition when Israeli troops broke up a protest march that began following Friday prayers,” Murad Ishteiwi, a popular resistance activist in the town of Kafr Qaddum (near the West Bank city of Nablus), said.

According to Ishteiwi, Israeli troops used both heavy ammunition and rubber bullets — in addition to teargas — to disperse Palestinian demonstrators, who responded by throwing stones.

And in the village of Al-Mughayyir east of Ramallah, at least three Palestinian demonstrators were injured by rubber bullets fired by Israeli troops, according to an Anadolu Agency correspondent based in the area.

The Israeli army also reportedly dispersed demonstrations in the West Bank towns of Nilin, Bilin and Ras Karkar.

Rallies are organized every Friday throughout the West Bank by popular resistance committees which demand an end to Israel’s policy of unbridled settlement construction on occupied Palestinian land.

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Palestinians swarm Gaza-Israel buffer zone on 35th week

By Mohamed Majed

GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA) – For the 35th consecutive Friday, thousands of Palestinian demonstrators gathered along the Gaza-Israel buffer zone to take part in ongoing rallies against the Israel’s decades-long occupation.

In a statement, Gaza’s National Authority for Breaking the Siege renewed its call to the people of Gaza to take part in the ongoing protests.

In a separate statement, Hazem Qasim, a spokesman for resistance faction Hamas (which has governed the strip since 2007), said: “The Palestinian masses continue to prove their ability to defy Israel’s occupation. ”

“Our people’s steadfastness will lead to the achievement of our goals, not least of which is the end of the siege on Gaza, ” he added.

Protesters demand the right to return to their homes and villages in historical Palestine, from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

They also demand an end to Israel’s 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.

Since the rallies began on March 30, more than 210 Palestinians have been killed — and thousands more injured — by Israeli troops deployed along the other side of the buffer zone.

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Gaza resistance factions announce ceasefire with Israel

JERUSALEM (AA) – An Egypt-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has finally been reached following weeks of intense shuttle diplomacy by Egyptian officials, Gaza-based resistance factions announced Tuesday evening.

“Egyptian efforts have succeeded in hammering out a ceasefire between the resistance and the enemy [i.e., Israel],” the factions declared in a joint statement.

“The resistance will commit to the terms of the agreement as long as Israel does the same,” the statement read.

The Israeli cabinet, for its part, has instructed the army to continue military operations in Gaza “as necessary”, according to an official statement.

The announcements come following two days of military escalations between Israel and Palestinian resistance factions.

Since Sunday, at least 14 Palestinians have been martyred — by Israeli airstrikes and artillery — across the blockaded Gaza Strip.

On Sunday night, seven Palestinians were martyred, including a senior Hamas commander, in a botched Israeli ground incursion inside the Gaza Strip.

At least one Israeli officer was reportedly killed and another injured during the deadly raid.

The Israeli army claims the attacks are in response to rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel.

Since March 30, more than 200 Palestinians have been martyred by Israeli army gunfire — and thousands more injured — while taking part in ongoing rallies along the Gaza-Israel buffer zone.

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Palestinian delegation sets out from Gaza for Egypt

By Nour Abu Aisha and Hani al-Shaer

GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA) – A delegation of Palestinian resistance factions set out for Cairo from the blockaded Gaza Strip on Thursday for talks with Egyptian officials about the prospects for de-escalation with Israel.

“A delegation from Hamas and other Palestinian resistance factions passed into Egyptian territory today through the Rafah border crossing,” Gaza’s border authority said in a statement.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a security source at the crossing told Anadolu Agency that the delegation included representatives from Hamas; the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP); the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP); the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front; and the PFLP General Command.

Since Tuesday, leading Hamas members have been holding meetings in Egypt with other Palestinian resistance factions to discuss a possible ceasefire with Israel and prospects for inter-Palestinian reconciliation.

Earlier Thursday, a senior Egyptian security delegation visited Israel for several hours to discuss ongoing efforts to reach a ceasefire between Gaza-based resistance factions and the self-proclaimed Jewish state.

The visit comes amid ongoing efforts by Cairo to both reach a Hamas-Israel ceasefire and achieve reconciliation between Hamas and rival Palestinian faction Fatah.

In recent weeks, Hamas has been mulling proposals — tabled by Egypt and the UN — for inter-Palestinian reconciliation, a Hamas-Israel truce, and humanitarian projects in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Earlier Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreements, the most recent of which was signed last October, have failed to bear fruit due to ongoing differences between the two factions.

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UPDATE – Israel conducts airstrikes on Gaza Strip

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By Yaser Albanna, Zeynep Tufekci and Hidaya al-Saedi

GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA) – The Israeli military said early Wednesday that it conducted airstrikes on the Gaza Strip against two targets belonging to Hamas.

On its Twitter account, the Israeli Defense Forces said it held Hamas responsible for rockets allegedly fired into Israeli territory and had responded by targeting two observation posts in northern Gaza.

Later the same day, Palestinian resistance factions in the Gaza Strip claimed responsibility for launching rockets into Israeli territory.

In a joint statement, resistance factions — including Hamas — said they had targeted “Zionist military sites” in retaliation for an earlier Israeli strike that had destroyed a civilian vehicle inside the Gaza Strip.

“We will fight bombs with bombs; we will not allow the Zionist occupation to impose its aggressive policies on the Palestinian people,” the statement read.

Israeli warplanes on Tuesday fired a series of missiles at a group of Palestinians flying incendiary kites in the eastern Gaza Strip near the security fence with Israel.

Palestinian activists have been flying incendiary kites and balloons over Israeli territory as part of ongoing demonstrations near the security fence.

Since the rallies began on March 30, at least 132 Palestinian demonstrators have been martyred and thousands more injured by Israeli army gunfire.

Protesters demand the “right of return” to their homes in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

They also demand an end to Israel’s decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of basic commodities.

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Palestine groups vow ‘firm response’ to Israel violence

By Hidaya al-Saedi

GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA) – The armed wings of 15 Palestinian factions on Wednesday asserted their readiness to “firmly” confront any Israeli aggression against the blockaded Gaza Strip.

The assertion came in a joint statement released by the armed wings of 15 resistance factions, including the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades (Hamas) and the Saraya al-Quds Brigades (Islamic Jihad).

“We affirm our readiness to respond, with all the power at our disposal, to any aggression committed by the Israeli enemy,” the statement read.

“The era in which rules of engagement and the balance of power are decided by the enemy is over,” it added.

The statement goes on to say that recent rocket barrages fired from Gaza into Israel had been in response to “the enemy’s crimes against our people; its targeting of unarmed demonstrators in the Gaza Strip; and its targeting of resistance positions [in Gaza]”.

On Tuesday, Israeli warplanes struck Hamas and Islamic Jihad positions in Gaza in ostensible retaliation for a volley of rockets fired into southern Israel from the coastal enclave.

The rocket barrages had come one day after four Palestinians were killed in Gaza by Israeli airstrikes.

Tension has mounted in the Palestinian territories since last December, when U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

On May 14, the U.S. relocated its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, drawing condemnation from across the Arab and Muslim world and further enflaming passions in the Palestinian territories.

Since Mar. 30, at least 118 Palestinians have been killed — and thousands more injured — by Israeli army gunfire in the eastern Gaza Strip.

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Gaza plans million-man demo against ‘Trump Declaration'

By Nour Abu Aisha

GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA) – Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip have called for a “million-man demonstration ” on Friday to protest last week’s recognition by the U.S. of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“We are calling on Gazans to take part in a million-man march for a 'free Jerusalem' on Friday from the Salah al-Din corridor near the southern city of Rafah to the northern city of Beit Hanoun, ” Khaled al-Batch, a leading member of the Islamic Jihad group, said Wednesday.

Speaking at a news conference in Gaza City, al-Batch said the planned march was intended to emphasize Jerusalem's Arab and Muslim identity and the city's religious significance for Muslims worldwide.

He went on to warn that last week's controversial move by the U.S. could represent “a prelude to the annexation of more parts of the [occupied] West Bank by Israel “.

“U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has set America against the peoples of the world, ” al-Batch said.

“Millions of people in recent days have shown their solidarity with Jerusalem and the Palestinian cause, ” he added.

Al-Batch also urged leaders of Muslim countries, who met Wednesday in Istanbul for an Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit, to “hold the U.S. accountable and force it to reverse its unjust decision “.

Last Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

The shift in longstanding U.S. policy on Jerusalem sparked angry demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories and in several Muslim countries.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem — now occupied by Israel — might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.

In April, Moscow announced its recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel's capital, expressing hope that the city's eastern half might eventually serve as the capital of an independent state of Palestine.

Trump stressed in his announcement last week that the U.S. administration had yet to take a position regarding “the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem “.

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Gaza plans million-man demo against ‘Trump Declaration’

By Nour Abu Aisha

GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA) – Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip have called for a “million-man demonstration ” on Friday to protest last week’s recognition by the U.S. of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“We are calling on Gazans to take part in a million-man march for a 'free Jerusalem' on Friday from the Salah al-Din corridor near the southern city of Rafah to the northern city of Beit Hanoun, ” Khaled al-Batch, a leading member of the Islamic Jihad group, said Wednesday.

Speaking at a news conference in Gaza City, al-Batch said the planned march was intended to emphasize Jerusalem's Arab and Muslim identity and the city's religious significance for Muslims worldwide.

He went on to warn that last week's controversial move by the U.S. could represent “a prelude to the annexation of more parts of the [occupied] West Bank by Israel “.

“U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has set America against the peoples of the world, ” al-Batch said.

“Millions of people in recent days have shown their solidarity with Jerusalem and the Palestinian cause, ” he added.

Al-Batch also urged leaders of Muslim countries, who met Wednesday in Istanbul for an Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit, to “hold the U.S. accountable and force it to reverse its unjust decision “.

Last Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

The shift in longstanding U.S. policy on Jerusalem sparked angry demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories and in several Muslim countries.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem — now occupied by Israel — might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.

In April, Moscow announced its recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel's capital, expressing hope that the city's eastern half might eventually serve as the capital of an independent state of Palestine.

Trump stressed in his announcement last week that the U.S. administration had yet to take a position regarding “the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem “.

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Palestinian delegation sets out for Cairo from Gaza

By Hani al-Shaer and Nour Abu Aisha

GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA) – A delegation consisting of members of various Palestinian factions set out for Cairo from the Gaza Strip on Friday to discuss means of easing the blockaded strip’s humanitarian crisis with Egyptian officials, according to a source close to the delegation.

“The delegation includes 18 individuals representing different Palestinian factions, including resistance movement Hamas,” the source said.

Hamas has governed the Gaza Strip since wresting the territory from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement — its main ideological rival — in 2007.

During their planned weeklong visit to Cairo, delegation members hope to meet with Egyptian officials to discuss “proposals for easing the burden on Gaza’s people, the creation of job opportunities [in Gaza], and ways to fund projects in the energy and health sectors,” said the source, who spoke anonymously due to the issue’s sensitivity.

According to Palestinian media reports, delegation members are also slated to meet with Samir al-Mashharawi, a close associate of controversial Palestinian politician Mohammed Dahlan.

Currently based in the United Arab Emirates, Dahlan is a former Fatah leader and a chief political rival of Abbas.

In June, a Hamas delegation visited Cairo and met with numerous Egyptian intelligence officials.

Since 2007, the Hamas-run Gaza Strip’s roughly two million inhabitants have groaned under a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade that has deprived them of basic commodities, including food, fuel and medicine.

As a result, some 80 percent of the coastal enclave’s population now reportedly depend on international aid to survive.