Pro-Palestinian activists set fires and hurled stones and bottles at Israeli Defense Forces near the Gaza border crossing Friday; setting the stage for a major showdown just days before the US embassy officially opens in Jerusalem.
According to Yahoo News, dozens were injured by live-fire ammunition and tear gas as Gaza officials urged demonstrators to flood the blockade; calling for mass protests to “burst through the border fence into Israel.”
“Despite growing international criticism. Israel says it has a right to defend its border and has accused Hamas of using the protests as a cover for attacking the border,” writes Yahoo.
The demonstrations are the latest protests organized by Hamas, which began in late March.
The Israeli and Egyptian governments enacted the blockade in 2007 after Islamic militant organizations overran the region.