Thousands of Palestinians gathered near the Gaza-Israel border on Saturday, March 30, to mark the “Great March of Return’s” first anniversary.
The movement started last year on March 30, aimed at breaking the Israel-Egyptian blockade. Since then tens and thousands of Palestinians weekly demonstrate along the Israel boundary, demanding Palestinian refugee’s right of return and bring an end to the blockade imposed by Israel on Gaza since 2007.
On Saturday, volunteers were placed to restrain demonstrators from getting close to the border fence while the Israeli Army reinforced its presence in the area to deal with protests.
However, one Palestinian was killed, and 13 protesters wounded by Israeli live fire. The Israel military said the protestors impelled explosives and stones at the border fence.
The army said it clearly responded with “riot dispersal means and firing accordance with standard operating procedures.”
Hamas, a self-described ” Islamic national liberation and resistance movement” took control of Gaza in 2007, prompting Israel to impose an air, land and sea blockade on Gaza Strip, isolating the enclave from the world. 70 percent population are registered refugees