Palestinians pray next to a protest tent near the border with Israel, in the southern Gaza Strip March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are planning a six-week-long tent city protest near the Israeli border starting on March 30 to demand Palestinian refugees be allowed to return to what is now Israel, organizers said Wednesday. Such a demonstration, envisaging families camped out in the sensitive border area, could present a dilemma for the Israeli military that enforces a "no go" zone for Palestinians on land adjacent to Israel's frontier fence.The protest is set to begin on March 30, the annual "Land Day" commemorating the six 1948 Palestinians who were killed by Israeli security forces during demonstrations in 1976 over government land confiscations in northern Israel.In the town of Khan Younes, in the southern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian journalist got a jump-start on the protest, erecting two tents about 450 meters from the border fence, to promote the planned demonstration.
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