Protests in Gaza as Egyptian efforts for truce continue

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France 24: Gaza’s Hamas rulers led several thousand Palestinians in a protest along the frontier with Israel on Friday – a show of presence by Hamas as Egyptian efforts intensify to broker a broad truce between the Islamic militant group and Israel.

A 25-year-old Palestinian was killed and 90 were wounded by Israeli army fire, Gaza health officials said. It was the latest in a series of protests along Gaza‘s perimeter fence with Israel, aimed in part at trying to break an 11-year-old border blockade. Israel and Egypt sealed Gaza in 2007, after Hamasoverran the territory.

Friday’s protest was attended by several exiled Hamas leaders who had entered Gaza a day earlier for meetings of the group’s decision-making political bureau. “We want to break the siege on Gaza once and forever,” said Hussam Badran, one of the visiting Hamas leaders.

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