Gaza, MINA – Hundreds of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have gathered at Israeli security fences to take part in the 80th Friday of an anti-occupation protest known as the Great March of Return.
Protesters in the Gaza Strip head east of the coastal enclave, carrying anti-occupation banners and Palestinian flags, Anadolu Agency reported.
The National High Commission for the Return and Termination of the Siege of Gaza, formed by Palestinian factions, called this Friday’s demonstration “Our prisoners, our Al-Aqsa Mosque, we will come”.
“This demonstration reflects how our struggle is rooted in the hearts of our people and reflects also, how they are ready to fight for this sacred cause (prisoners and Al-Aqsa Mosque),” said Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman who controls the Gaza Strip.
Nearly 270 protesters have been killed and thousands injured by Israeli troops in the security fence area with Gaza since the protests began in March last year.
Demonstrators demand the end of the 12-year Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip, which has destroyed the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its 2 million residents of free movement in and out of Gaza and access to many basic facilities such as water and electricity. (T/Ast/P2)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)