Palestinian women and children trample on the Israeli flag as several thousand Gazans gather for a third consecutive Friday of deadly mass protests along the border with Israel

Mail Online | 4/13/2018 | Nic White For Mailonline;Afp
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Thousands of Gazans massed along the border with Israel for a third Friday of protests that have already killed 33 people.

Several thousand have already gathered at various locations, but the largest crowds were expected in the afternoon after the main weekly Muslim prayers.

Organisers - Demonstrators - Israeli - Flags - Ones

Organisers called on demonstrators to burn Israeli flags and raise Palestinian ones, with women and children already seen trampling on one that morning.

Israeli forces shot dozens of protesters dead and wounded hundreds of others amid violent clashes each week since the demonstrations began on March 30.

Country - Criticism - Use - Fire - Rules

The country dismissed criticism of its use of live fire, saying its rules of engagement were necessary and would not change.

Two Gazans appeared to have been wounded by Israeli fire as protesters burned tyres near the fence east of Gaza City.

Gaza - Strip - Sumaya - Abu - Awad

In the northern Gaza Strip, Sumaya Abu Awad, 36, attended the protest with her three daughters and son.

'I am from the village of Hiribya and it is my right to return to it,' she said, referring to a village north of Gaza destroyed in the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation.

Death - Life - Gaza - Already

'I am not afraid of death because there is no life in Gaza already.'

Last week, protesters burned mounds of tyres, sending plumes of smoke into the air in the border area. Israeli soldiers used large fans to push the smoke away.

Protests - Weeks - Refugees - Homes - Israel

The protests, planned to last six weeks, are calling for Palestinian refugees to return to their former homes that are now inside Israel - which Israelis say essentially amounts to calling for the country's destruction.

The first two Fridays - with far less on intervening days - saw tens of thousands gather near the border with Israel at five locations.

Smaller - Numbers - Fence - Stones - Tyres

Smaller numbers approached the fence, throwing stones and rolling burning tyres toward soldiers taking up positions on the other side.

Israel accused Hamas, the Islamist...
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