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Hamas backs Egypt proposal for calm on Israel border

Hamas backs Egypt proposal for calm on Israel border

Saturday's planned demonstration will also mark Palestinian Land Day, which commemorates the killing of six Arab-Israelis by Israeli forces in 1976 during protests against land confiscations.

The Israeli military estimated 40,000 Palestinians were gathered at the marches.

"I'm very confident that what was tried before failed, and I'm optimistic that what we're doing will give us a better likelihood that we'll achieve the outcomes that would be better for both the people of Israel and the Palestinian people as well", Pompeo said as he testified before the House Appropriations Committee's State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee about his department's 2020 budget request.

Israeli forces opened live fire and tear gas canisters toward Palestinians who gathered near the barbed-wire fence between Gaza and Israel to the east and north of the Strip to take part in the "Great March of Return" protests, shooting and injuring at least ten people, including one critically.

A preliminary agreement has been reached on a ceasefire in exchange for Israel easing its restrictions in the Gaza Strip, said sources familiar with the negotiations held by the Egyptian intelligence delegation with Hamas and the Palestinian factions in the enclave.

Israel's army said most demonstrators were remaining away from the fence.

The anniversary of the "Great March of Return" launched on March 30 a year ago comes amid heightened tensions between Hamas and Israel following cross-border attacks in the past week.

Her border community has endured years of shelling attacks by Hamas, but she described the nightly commotion as disruptive on another level.

In addition, over 29,000 Palestinians have been injured, according to the World Health Organization, including over 6,500 by live ammunition, of whom more than 1,200 have been left with complex limb injuries requiring multiple surgeries and long-term follow up.

Hamas-backed attacks in the Israeli-occupied West Bank would also cease, the official said. "Every week they say that".

The Trump administration has rallied behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the veteran right-winger faces a tough election.

Although Hamas canceled its typical Friday protests in preparation for the anniversary, dozens of Palestinians still demonstrated at the Israeli frontier.

Israel rejects the criticism, saying its troops are defending the border against rioters, and it has no choice but to use lethal force where necessary.

Hamas, meanwhile, faces growing unrest in Gaza as a result of worsening conditions after more than a decade of an Israeli-Egyptian blockade.

In a report released last month, the United Nations said that Israeli aggression against Gazan protesters over the course of the a year ago - including the intentional targeting of unarmed demonstrators - could be viewed as a "war crime".

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