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For first time in nearly a year, Hamas calls off weekly Gaza border protest


March 16, 2019
JFJFP
Cancellation of March of Return protest comes a day after 2 rockets were fired from Strip at Tel Aviv, followed by Israeli retaliation and more rocket fire at Israeli border areas

Israeli Merkava battle tank near the border with the Gaza Strip near the Kibbutz of Nahal Oz in southern Israel

Times of Israel and Agence France Presse  report, “Weekly Hamas-spurred protests along the Gaza-Israel border were called off Friday after a serious escalation overnight between Palestinian terrorists and Israel, organizers announced, the first time they have not been held in almost a year. “In keeping with the public interest, the commission has decided to exceptionally postpone its activities scheduled for this day,” the body which organizes the protests said in a statement. Protests will resume in the coming weeks, with particular preparation for the one-year anniversary of their beginning on March 30, it said in a statement.”

“Protests will resume in the coming weeks, with particular preparation for the one-year anniversary of their beginning on March 30, it said. The cancellation, the first of its kind in a year, came after two rockets were fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv late Thursday — the first such attack since 2014. Israel said its aircraft struck more than 100 Hamas targets in Gaza overnight in response, and Gaza terrorist fired nine more rockets at Israeli border areas.” (more…)

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