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IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot at Glilot military base near Tel Aviv

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot at Glilot military base near Tel Aviv

"Starting Friday, the military will intensify its response to airborne firebombs from Gaza and will extend its range of fire during protests along the border", Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

Israeli soldiers stationed on the border fired tear gas canisters and live gunshots at the demonstrators who approached the fence of the border.

Israel has repeatedly threatened to launch a military offensive against Gaza if Palestinians do not stop holding weekly mass demonstrations along the Gaza-Israel buffer zone.

Euro-Med Monitor said that at least "one Palestinian is killed every single day", further noting that "in every 100 Gazans, one injury was recorded".

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This did not prevent Housing Minister Yoav Galant, however, from making provocative comments to reporters.

Witnesses told a Ma'an reporter than an Israeli tank heavily opened fire at protesters in eastern Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

On its official website, the Brigades posted a brief video showing a Brigades fighter preparing to fire a salvo of rockets into Israeli territory.

The occupation forces have faced marches calling for the return of Palestinian refugees and the lifting of the Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip since 2006, with extreme violence, which resulted in the deaths of more than 200 Palestinians and thousands of injured.

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Islamic Jihad leader in Gaza Khaled al-Batsh, also chairman of the National Commission of the Great Marches of Return in Gaza, said that the mass participation in Friday's protests "was a message to everyone that they are still sticking to their legitimate rights".

They also demand an end to Israel's 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave's economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.

The remarks came after the Israeli army said that a rocket fired from Gaza had hit the city of Beersheba in the Negev Desert and a second had landed in the sea.

Egypt also restricts movement in and out of Gaza on its border. Earlier, Israel halted Qatari fuel shipments to Gaza's power plant.

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"Given Israeli forces" horrific track record of using deadly force against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza, as well as journalists, medics and others, the announcement of a "zero tolerance' policy is deeply alarming", said Saleh Higazi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International. One Israeli soldier has died. "Israel has repeatedly used lethal force unnecessarily and excessively against unarmed protesters in shameless violation of global law", said Saleh Higazi.

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