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Israeli forces take up positions on Gaza border in preparation for protests

Reuters
IsraelUpdated: May 15, 2018, 02:25 PM IST

File photo. Photograph:(Reuters)

Israeli forces deployed forces on Tuesday (May 15) across Israel's border with the GazaStrip in preparation for another day of protests after the single deadliest day in Gaza for years.

Israeli gunfire killed more than 50 Palestinians on Monday (May 14) on the penultimate day of a six-week border protest by Gazans demanding the right to return to ancestral homes that now lie on the other side of the Gaza-Israel frontier fence.

Palestinians had planned for protests to reach a climax on Tuesday, the day Palestinians commemorated what they call the "Nakba" or "catastrophe" when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were dispossessed when the state of Israel was created in 1948.

Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinians taking part in protests on the Gaza borderon Monday (May 14) as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, a move that has fuelled Palestinian anger and drawn criticism from foreign governments as a setback to peace efforts.