A picture taken on March 30, 2018 shows an injured Palestinian youth being carried by other protesters as they flee during clashes after a demonstration near the border with Israel east of Gaza City commemorating Land Day. (AFP / MAHMUD HAMS)
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A Palestinian farmer was killed by an Israeli tank shell in the Gaza Strip early Friday, hours before Palestinians were to stage mass sit-ins along the border with Israel, a health official and a witness said.Ahead of the protests, called for by Gaza's militant Hamas rulers, Israel's military said it doubled its standard troop level along the border, deploying snipers, special forces and paramilitary border police units, which specialize in riot control.The sit-ins are seen as a new attempt by Hamas to break a crippling, decade-old Gaza border blockade by Israel and Egypt that has made it increasingly difficult for the Islamic militant group to govern.In the planned protest, Palestinians are setting up tent camps along the border, the first of a series of actions planned in Gaza in the coming weeks.
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