Palestinian demonstrator fights with Israeli security forces during a protest against U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City May 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Weeks of mass protests and deadly Israeli violence on the Gaza-Israel border have put the Palestinian cause back on the global agenda, but questions remain over whether the impact will last. More than 100 Palestinians were killed in seven weeks of protests, culminating in 60 dead Monday, mainly from Israeli sniper fire, as tens of thousands rallied against the transfer of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.Mukhaimer Abu Saada, a politics professor at Gaza's Al-Azhar University, said Hamas will be hoping for an easing of Israel's blockade of the territory and for Egypt to open its border, largely closed in recent years.Three wars between Israel and Hamas since 2008 have devastated Gaza, while damage to Israel was relatively limited.Only one Israeli soldier has been reported wounded since the protests began on March 30 .Officially the protests were due to end Tuesday – but Hamas leaders have said they will still continue in some form.
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