Gaza protests to test Egypt cease-fire negotiation efforts


Witnesses said that the reinforcements were clearly visible from main Israeli roads near the Gaza Strip.

He also called on the Palestinian Authority not to disengage from Gaza and to continue working with the worldwide community to help alleviate the suffering of its people in Gaza.

The Jewish nation is also uncompromising in its commitment to prevent Palestinian boats sailing up to the maritime boundary between Israel and the coastal enclave and promised to act unless Hamas stops launching rockets and incendiary balloons that threaten Israeli civilians.

Gaza Health Ministry Spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said four medics and journalists have also been wounded, one critically, as a result of the Israeli violence on Friday.

Palestinian protesters gather in the smoke billowing from burning tires as Israeli forces launch tear gas canisters at the Gaza fence, east of Gaza city, on October 12, 2018.

The remarks came after the Israeli army said that a rocket fired from Gaza had hit the city of Beersheba in the Negev Desert and a second had landed in the sea.

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The official unemployment rate has reached 53 percent in the Palestinian enclave, over 70 percent among Palestinian youth, he said, citing numbers from the World Bank.

"The Palestinian people continue to fight back with all of their power through the protests known as "The Great March of Return" and naval marches to break the siege, and we stand with our people, who participate weekly in such activities to achieve their demands for freedom and to be able to return to their homeland", the from Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad read.

Sarah Pritchett, Euro-Med's spokesperson, said "The Israeli soldiers deliberately caused the greatest harm they could to civilians, added Pritchett, stating that, in light of the worldwide community's failure to take concrete steps to end the Gaza crisis, Israeli soldiers continue to target Gazans with impunity".

Israeli leaders have said they will not tolerate rocket attacks or attempts, during the border protests, to breach Israel's frontier fence with the Palestinian territory of two million people. One Israeli soldier was shot dead by a sniper on the border.

In addition, 69 of those injured, 14 of whom were children, suffered permanent disability, according to the latest statistics by the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza.

Hamas and Israel have fought three wars in Gaza since 2008. Protesters have assembled along the fence every Friday ever-since, demanding the right of return for those driven out of their homeland at the hands of the Zionist regime. He also had a message for demonstrators ahead of Friday's protest.