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Israeli officials estimated tens of thousands of Palestinian protesters marched in Gaza toward the border fence between Israel and Gaza during protests called the March of Return. The march quickly turned bloody as Palestinian protesters and Israeli military clashed along the fence.

In northern Gaza, CNN witnessed at least two dozen people being taken away by ambulances in the span of half an hour as protests started across Gaza. They witnessed a small number of protesters in the crowd throwing rocks. People were injured by live rounds, rubber bullets and tear gas. The majority were young men — one woman was among the injured.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement that thousands of Palestinians were “rioting throughout the Gaza Strip, rolling burning tires and hurling stones at the security fence and at IDF troops, who are responding with riot dispersal means and firing towards main instigators.”

An IDF official warned any breach of Israeli sovereignty will be treated severely, following a week of numerous attempted and successful breaches of the border fence from Gaza.

Confrontations escalated into Saturday. Israeli fighter jets targeted three Hamas sites after an IDF position was shot at in northern Gaza, according to an IDF statement. Tank fire also targeted the three sites, following an exchange of fire.

The largest protest seen in Gaza in years coincided with Palestinian Land Day, which commemorates the confiscation of Palestinian-owned land in Israel in 1976.

Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said the large crowds at the protests reflected the determination and will of the Palestinian people for the right of return, and to “break the siege” of Gaza.

Prior to Friday’s protest, organizers said the march would be nonviolent, but they warned of possible military fire from Israeli forces.

Ahead of the protests, the IDF increased the troop presence and put snipers along the border fence.

An Israeli official told CNN that among those killed Friday were “known terrorists” including two members of Hamas, the political and militant group that controls Gaza.

In a statement released Friday evening, the IDF said it blamed Hamas for “all events and incidents taking place in today’s protests.”

In a tweet earlier Friday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned Gaza residents that Hamas is “risking your lives.” He added that anyone who approached the border was “endangering his life.”

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said 1,416 people were wounded as protesters marched toward the fence that separates Gaza from Israel. By the end of the day, the ministry spokesman in Gaza said there were 758 injuries from live bullets and 148 from rubber bullets, and the rest suffered from gas inhalation and other injuries.

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Tent cities have been set up to host the marches, which are expected to continue through May 15 when Palestinians mark the anniversary of the “Nakba” (“Catastrophe”), the day after Israel declared independence in 1948. Roughly 700,000 Palestinians were displaced from their homes during the subsequent Arab-Israeli war, which lasted for nearly a year.

The United States plans to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem around May 14, the 70th anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence, followed by “Nakba Day,” increasing the potential for further protests and clashes.

The Trump administration said the decision was a “recognition of simple reality” and claimed it was not meant to prejudge final-status negotiations about the city’s final borders, although Trump later said he had taken Jerusalem “off the table” when it came to any future peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he is holding Israeli authorities responsible for those killed Friday, and announced Saturday as a day of mourning.

CNN’s Ian Lee reported from Gaza. CNN’s Abeer Salman, Amir Tal and Ingrid Formanek reported from Jerusalem. CNN’s Tamara Qiblawi wrote from Beirut, and Natalie Gallon and Jennifer Deaton contributed from Atlanta. Elizabeth Joseph also contributed.

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Thousands of Palestinians marched to Gaza’s border with Israel on Friday in the largest such demonstration in recent memory, and 14 were killed by Israeli fire on the first day of what Hamas organizers said will be six weeks of daily protests against a stifling border blockade. It was the bloodiest day in Gaza since the 2014 cross-border war between Israel and Hamas.

Fourteen of the marchers were killed and more than 750 wounded by Israeli fire in clashes along the border fence, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The Israeli military said thousands of Palestinians threw stones and rolled burning tires toward troops deployed on the other side of the border fence. It accused militants of trying to carry out attacks under the cover of mass protests, saying that in one incident, Palestinian gunmen fired toward soldiers.

The large turnout of the flag-waving marchers in the dangerous border zone was a testament to Hamas’ organizing skills, but it also signaled desperation among Gaza residents after a decade-old border closure. Life in the coastal strip has deteriorated further in recent months, with rising unemployment, grinding poverty and daily blackouts that last for hours.

The U.N. Security Council has called an emergency meeting to discuss the deadly clashes. Kuwait requested the closed Security Council session, scheduled for Friday evening.

Asmaa al-Katari said she participated in the march despite the risks and would join upcoming protests because “life is difficult here in Gaza and we have nothing to lose.”

Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth during clashes with Israeli troops along the Gaza Strip border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, March 30, 2018.

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The history student said she is a descendant of refugees from what is now Israel’s southern Negev Desert. She said her grandfathers had lived in tents as refugees.

“I want to tell the world that the cause of our grandfathers is not dead,” she added.

Gaza resident Ghanem Abdelal, 50, said he hopes the protest “will bring a breakthrough, an improvement, to our life in Gaza.”

He had brought his family to a protest tent camp near Gaza City — one of five set up several hundred meters from the border fence — where he distributed water bottles to women and children sitting on a mat.

Israel had threatened a tough response, hoping to deter breaches of the border fence. The Israeli military released video showing a row of snipers perched on a high earthen embankment facing the Gaza crowd in one location.

Israel also used a new means of crowd control Friday — small drones that each dropped several tear gas canisters on protesters below. People quickly scattered when they saw the drones approaching.

Friday’s high death toll and prospects of daily protests in coming weeks have raised concerns about another escalation along the volatile frontier. Israel and the Islamic militant Hamas have fought three cross-border wars in recent years.

The protest campaign is meant to spotlight Palestinian demands for a “right of return” to what is now Israel. A large majority of Gaza’s 2 million people are descendants of Palestinians who fled or were driven from their homes in the 1948 Mideast war over Israel’s creation.

The 70th anniversary of the establishment of Israel, on May 15, is marked by Palestinians as their “nakba,” or catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands were uprooted.

The planned mass sit-ins on the border are also seen as a new attempt by Hamas to break the border blockade, imposed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas seized Gaza from forces loyal to its rival, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in 2007. The continued closure has made it increasingly difficult for Hamas to govern.

Other attempts to break the blockade, including wars with Israel and attempts to reconcile with the West Bank-based Abbas, have failed over the years.

The latest Egyptian-led reconciliation efforts collapsed earlier this month, when a bomb targeted but missed Abbas’ prime minister and intelligence chief during a visit to Gaza.

Hamas and Abbas traded accusations after the bombing, signaling that any deal on Hamas handing the Gaza government to Abbas is increasingly unlikely.

The Hamas leader in Gaza, Yehiyeh Sinwar, said the protests are a signal to Israel and the world that “our people will not accept the continuation of the siege.”

Israel and the Trump administration expressed concern in recent months about a looming humanitarian crisis in Gaza and appealed to the international community to fund large-scale development projects there, including a desalination plant.

However, such plans appeared to be linked to a deal on Abbas taking charge in Gaza, and Israel didn’t say what it would do if such an arrangement didn’t work out.

Friday’s violence began before dawn when a 27-year-old farmer picking parsley in his field was hit by an Israeli tank shell in southern Gaza, the Health Ministry said. Another farmer was injured by shrapnel.

Israel’s military said troops directed tank fire toward suspicious figures on the border.

Later in the day, mosque loudspeakers urged Gaza residents to head to the border encampments. A Hamas-linked bus company ferried protesters to the area. In all, tens of thousands gathered at the encampments, though not all headed to the border, witnesses said. Other Palestinian factions also participated in organizing the protests.

The Israeli military reported “rioting” at half a dozen places and said it was “firing towards main instigators,” BBC News reports.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum praised the turnout.

“The large crowds … reflect the Palestinian people’s determination to achieve the right of return and break the siege and no force can stop this right,” he said.

A Palestinian runs during clashes with Israeli troops, during a tent city protest along the Israel border with Gaza, demanding the right to return to their homeland, the southern Gaza Strip March 30, 2018.

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Groups of marchers threw stones at Israeli soldiers who responded with live fire, tear gas and rubber bullets.

The military said thousands participated in the clashes.

Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir, commander of the Israeli military’s Southern Command, which includes the Gaza border, said he held Hamas responsible for the violence and alleged there were attempts to “carry out terror attacks under the camouflage of riots.”

The army said Israeli soldiers opened fire at two Palestinians who approached the fence and shot at soldiers in northern Gaza. It said troops also fired on Palestinians who had infiltrated into Israel.

The military had doubled its standard troop level along the border, deploying snipers, special forces and paramilitary border police units, which specialize in riot control.

Friday’s protest campaign began as Jews prepared to mark Passover, and it is scheduled to culminate with the start of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, in mid-May.

The anniversary of Israel’s founding will be particularly fraught for Palestinians this year.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has pledged to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to mark the occasion. The planned embassy move falls in line with Trump’s recognition in December of contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a decision that has infuriated Palestinians who seek the city’s Israeli-annexed eastern sector as a future capital.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday hosted 19 nations, including Israel and Arab Gulf states, to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, but the Palestinian Authority boycotted the meeting, angered by the Trump administrations policies on Jerusalem.

U.S. President Donald Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy in December, when he decided to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital and move the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv. This incensed Palestinians and other U.S. allies.

The administration is also putting the final touches on a Middle East peace plan, and U.S. officials said the conference was integral to future negotiations.

Fixing Gaza is necessary to achieve a peace agreement, one of the senior administration officials said. The officials stressed that the multi-nation humanitarian and reconstruction effort remains in beginning stages.

Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to Trump who is overseeing the Israeli-Palestinian peace-process for the White House, gave a two-hour presentation to the attending countries, officials said, but the potential U.S. peace plan was not addressed.

Attendees included representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as several European nations. The format did not allow for direct discussions between Israel and the Arab states, officials said.

Potential electricity, water, sewage, and health projects were discussed, but officials declined to outline specific proposals. A senior administration insisted that many projects could be implemented without assistance of the Palestinian Authority, but the goal was to have it ultimately engage in the multi-lateral process.

Gaza faces a 43.6 unemployment rate, and many in Gaza blame Israel for the hardships, accusing it of placing an economic blockade on the enclave that has drastically reduced movement of people and goods.

But Gazans also fault their own leaders, complaining of a power struggle between Hamas, the armed group that seized military power in Gaza in 2007, and Fatah, the secular party of Western-backed Palestinian President Abbas.

Israel, which pulled its settlers and soldiers out of Gaza in 2005, says it has been forced to control access to and from the territory to prevent Hamas from sending out gunmen and bombers, and from smuggling in weapons or material to make them.

The Palestinian Authoritys prime minister, Rami Hamdallah, escaped an apparent assassination attempt in Gaza on Tuesday, when a bomb struck his convoy. Hamas and the Palestinian Authority signed an agreement in October that called for the Islamist group to hand administrative control of Gaza to the Authority, but it remains to be fully implemented.

Reporting by James Oliphant; Editing by Yara Bayoumy and David Gregorio

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The Palestinian Authoritys premier escaped an apparent assassination attempt in the Gaza Strip Tuesday, when a bomb struck his convoy on a mission to bolster reconciliation efforts with the territorys Hamas rulers.

The roadside device exploded as Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and intelligence chief Majed Faraj entered Gaza in a motorcade after passing through the fortified Erez crossing from Israel. The assault came hours before a White House conference on trying to rescue Gaza from economic chaos. Trump administration envoy Jason Greenblatt condemned the attack on Hamdallah in a Twitter message.

Both officials survived unscathed on the rare visit from the West Bank, and went ahead with a ceremony to open a waste-water treatment plant in Gaza. There was no claim of responsibility, but a statement carried by the official Wafa news agency said the Palestinian Authority held Hamas, which seized control of the tiny coastal enclave 11 years ago, accountable.

Those who are in charge shoulder the full responsibility for security on the ground, Faraj said in the statement, a clear reference to Hamas.

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Hamas condemned the attack, and issued a statement saying it deplored the PAs accusations that it was to blame.

The incident comes amid a fragile Egyptian-brokered reconciliation effort between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbass Fatah movement, and the Islamist Hamas, which is classified as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and European Union. Hamas still controls Gaza, a 40-kilometer (25-mile) long sliver of territory with almost 2 million people, even after signing the latest in a series of reconciliation agreements last year with the PA.

In a speech at the water treatment plant, Hamdallah said that the blast damaged three of the more than 20 vehicles in his convoy just minutes after it entered Gaza.

I say in spite of the explosion today, it wont stop us from carrying on our mission to achieve unity, Hamdallah said. We are committed to solving all of Gazas problems.

The attack was condemned by Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process. Until the legitimate Palestinian Authority is fully empowered in Gaza, Hamas has the responsibility to ensure that the government is able to carry out its work in the Strip without fear of intimidation, harassment and violence, he said in an emailed statement.

Greenblatt and Jared Kushner, the senior aides to U.S. President Donald Trump who have been working for more than a year on a peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, convened what was described as a brainstorming-session at the White House Tuesday to find solutions for Gazas troubles.

We condemn attack against @RamiHamdalla, Greenblatt said in the tweet. Gazans have been brought to the brink of collapse by Hamas, PIJ (Palestinian Islamic Jihad) & other extremist groups. Attack on PA delegation opening water treatment plant is an attack on the welfare of the people of Gaza.

The Palestinian Authority said it would boycott the Washington meeting to protest Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital and move its Tel Aviv embassy there. Palestinians want to establish the capital of their own future state in east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

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Mr. Hamdallah continued on to a scheduled appearance in Beit Lahia, at the opening of a long-awaited water-treatment project. They blew up three cars in my convoy near Beit Hanoun, he told reporters at the event.

Fatah officials immediately pointed fingers at Hamas. The office of Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authoritys president and the leader of Fatah, said it holds Hamas responsible for the cowardly attack, and Hussein al-Sheikh, a member of Fatahs Central Committee who is the authoritys minister of civil affairs, called Hamas fully responsible.

Majid Faraj, the Palestinian Authoritys intelligence chief, who was with Mr. Hamdallah, stopped short of blaming Hamas but noted that the group and its security forces continued to bear full responsibility for ensuring the safety of the land.

In a statement, the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay E. Mladenov, also stressed that Hamas was responsible for enabling the Palestinian government to work without fear of intimidation, harassment and violence.

The Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said, however, that Hamas had no role in the attack. He called the blast an attempt to tamper with the security of the Gaza Strip and to strike any efforts to achieve unity and reconciliation, and demanded an investigation.

Mr. Barhoum instead sought to blame Israel: He suggested those responsible were the same hands who had gunned down Mazen Fakha, a Hamas official responsible for a number of terror attacks, in March 2017, and tried to kill Tawfiq Abu Naim, the head of Hamass security forces in Gaza, in October.

Hamas has accused Israel of being behind the attacks on both men, who were freed from Israeli prisons in 2011 in a controversial prisoner swap for the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Mr. Abu Naim, inspecting the scene on Tuesday, similarly said the perpetrators had executed what the Israeli occupation demands, but added: We are sorry for what happened to our brothers in the delegation, including the prime minister.

Mr. Hamdallah, seemingly undaunted by the attack, said he remained determined to heal the Fatah-Hamas rift in Gaza.

This will never prevent us from getting rid of the bitter division, he told reporters. I say in spite of the explosion today, this wont stop us carrying on with our mission to achieve unity and end the split.

Roadside bombs in Gaza are a sensitive subject for the Palestinian Authority and particularly for Mr. Abbas, its president, said Grant Rumley, co-author of a biography of Mr. Abbas, The Last Palestinian.

In 2007, several large bombs were planted along the route Mr. Abbas was about to use to attend a meeting with a Hamas leader in Gaza. The bombs were discovered, Mr. Abbas aborted the meeting, and he has not returned to Gaza since, Mr. Rumley said.

The relatively limited damage caused by the bomb on Tuesday gave rise to considerable speculation among analysts and officials in Gaza and beyond about who, beside Hamas, might have had reason to set off the device either as an authentic assassination attempt or, perhaps, to send a message.

In Gazas complex political and factional thicket there was no shortage of other potential suspects: Salafi jihadists, who of late have attacked Hamas about as much as they have attacked Israel; allies of Muhammad Dahlan, the exiled Fatah leader who is reviled by Mr. Abbas but widely seen as a potential successor to him; and the Palestinian Authority itself an embarrassing security lapse could bolster its case that Hamas ought to turn over security control in Gaza to the authority.

Indeed, within hours of the attack and Mr. Hamdallahs return to the West Bank, Palestinian Authority officials were making precisely that argument in local media coverage.

Later, in Washington, Jason Greenblatt, the presidents Middle East envoy, drew a similar conclusion in opening remarks at the White House meeting: This attack, once again, demonstrates that Hamas is profoundly unfit to govern Gaza, Mr. Greenblatt said.

At the blast site in Beit Hanoun, a few hundred yards from the Erez crossing from Israel, windows were shattered in nearby buildings and witnesses reported that a security officer in Mr. Hamdallahs motorcade had been lightly wounded in the face. Investigators at the scene said the explosive device was planted next to a streetlight, and that a second bomb, powered by 9-volt batteries, was found nearby, less than a foot underground.

Police said that security personnel escorting Mr. Hamdallah had shot at four men on two motorcycles who were seen in the area before the blast, and then arrested them as suspects.

The event Mr. Hamdallah attended on Tuesday was the opening of a long-delayed wastewater treatment plant in Beit Lahia that is intended to serve 400,000 Gaza residents. A temporary arrangement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel is supplying power for the plant, but officials are seeking a dedicated electrical line from Israel as a reliable power source.

Power shortages have routinely caused water treatment to cease, allowing raw sewage to seep into the groundwater and flow into the sea, polluting the local water supply and fouling beaches throughout Gaza and along much of the southern Israeli seashore.

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Talal Abu Zarifeh, a politburo member with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine who participated in the multi-lateral talks between the Palestinian organizations in support of the reconciliation talks, told Breitbart Jerusalem that the Egyptian delegation intends to establish a mechanism through which the reconciliation could be realized and not to start new talks.

According to Zarifeh, members of the delegation will meet with Fatah and Hamas representatives, but also with representatives of the Palestinian factions and representatives of the Palestinian Authority government in order to form a roadmap for the transfer of authority to the PA government so it can fulfill its role in the Gaza Strip.

All the Palestinian factions support Egypts steps to complete the reconciliation agreements reached last October in Cairo between Hamas and Fatah, said Zarifeh.

And we among the factions are preparing a series of steps meant to support Egypts efforts and increase the pressure on Fatah and Hamas to finally reach agreements that will allow the Strip and its residents to get out of the crises they are experiencing, he stated.

Even as the Egyptian intelligence delegation arrived in the Gaza Strip, so too did a delegation from the Palestinian Authority, in order to take charge of government ministries being run by their counterparts from the Executive Committee, the name given to the shadow government maintained by Hamas in Gaza.

The goal of the government delegation, among other things, is to allow the transfer of authority to the hands of the government so that it can begin fulfilling its position and provide employment to 20,000 civil servants in the Strip, said PA spokesman Yussef al-Mahmoud.

The 20,000 civil servants mentioned by al-Mahmoud have been employed by Hamas and are now meant to be integrated into the PA government at the conclusion of reconciliation talks.

Al-Mahmoud also said that the delegation from the West Bank will hold talks regarding the transfer of authority of security matters, the future of government employees and the indemnification system in Gaza.

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West Bank and Gaza Overview

The lack of peace and reconciliation on the political horizon has created an unsustainable economic situation in the West Bank and Gaza. Even though donor aid had increased government-funded services and fueled consumption-driven growth from 2007 to 2012, this model of growth has proved unsustainable. Donor support has significantly declined in recent years, and naturally aid cannot sustainably make up for inadequate private investment, anyway constrained by weak investor confidence because of ongoing restrictions and the lack of political progress. Recovering slowly from recession in2014, the growth rate is projected to hover around 3.5 % in the medium term.

The 2014 war in Gaza created a humanitarian crisis and caused US$1.7 billion in losses to the economy, which continues to suffer to this day. Even though growth in the Gaza Strip reached 7.3% in 2016, due to increased construction, Gazas economy is not expected to rebound to its pre-2014 war level until 2018. Alongside its stunted recovery, Gaza suffers from severe shortages of electricity with rolling blackouts.In 2016, the unemployment rate remained stubbornly high at 27%: 42 % in Gaza and 18% in the West Bank. Youth unemployment in Gaza is particularly worrying at 58%. And, although nearly 80% of Gazas residents receive some form of aid, poverty rates are very high.

The current decline could be reversed in an environment where sustainable, private sector-led growth is fostered, coupled with a commitment of ongoing financial support from the international community. A dynamic private sector can generate the sustainable growth needed; however, restrictions put in place by the Government of Israel continue to stand in the way of potential private investment. Access to Gaza remains highly controlled, and much of Area C, which makes up 60% of the West Bank, is inaccessible to Palestinians.

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Israeli officials estimated tens of thousands of Palestinian protesters marched in Gaza toward the border fence between Israel and Gaza during protests called the March of Return. The march quickly turned bloody as Palestinian protesters and Israeli military clashed along the fence. In northern Gaza, CNN witnessed at least two dozen people being taken away by ambulances in the span of half an hour as protests started across Gaza. They witnessed a small number of protesters in the crowd throwing rocks. People were injured by live rounds, rubber bullets and tear gas. The majority were young men — one woman was among the injured. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement that thousands of Palestinians were “rioting throughout the Gaza Strip, rolling burning tires and hurling stones at the security fence and at IDF troops, who are responding with riot dispersal means and firing towards main instigators.” An IDF official warned any breach of Israeli sovereignty will be treated severely, following a week of numerous attempted and successful breaches of the border fence from Gaza. Confrontations escalated into Saturday. Israeli fighter jets targeted three Hamas sites after an IDF position was shot at in northern Gaza, according to an IDF statement. Tank fire also targeted the three sites, following an exchange of fire. The largest protest seen in Gaza in years coincided with Palestinian Land Day, which commemorates the confiscation of Palestinian-owned land in Israel in 1976. Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said the large crowds at the protests reflected the determination and will of the Palestinian people for the right of return, and to “break the siege” of Gaza. Prior to Friday’s protest, organizers said the march would be nonviolent, but they warned of possible military fire from Israeli forces. Ahead of the protests, the IDF increased the troop presence and put snipers along the border fence. An Israeli official told CNN that among those killed Friday were “known terrorists” including two members of Hamas, the political and militant group that controls Gaza. In a statement released Friday evening, the IDF said it blamed Hamas for “all events and incidents taking place in today’s protests.” In a tweet earlier Friday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned Gaza residents that Hamas is “risking your lives.” He added that anyone who approached the border was “endangering his life.” The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said 1,416 people were wounded as protesters marched toward the fence that separates Gaza from Israel. By the end of the day, the ministry spokesman in Gaza said there were 758 injuries from live bullets and 148 from rubber bullets, and the rest suffered from gas inhalation and other injuries. Tent cities Tent cities have been set up to host the marches, which are expected to continue through May 15 when Palestinians mark the anniversary of the “Nakba” (“Catastrophe”), the day after Israel declared independence in 1948. Roughly 700,000 Palestinians were displaced from their homes during the subsequent Arab-Israeli war, which lasted for nearly a year. The United States plans to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem around May 14, the 70th anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence, followed by “Nakba Day,” increasing the potential for further protests and clashes. The Trump administration said the decision was a “recognition of simple reality” and claimed it was not meant to prejudge final-status negotiations about the city’s final borders, although Trump later said he had taken Jerusalem “off the table” when it came to any future peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he is holding Israeli authorities responsible for those killed Friday, and announced Saturday as a day of mourning. CNN’s Ian Lee reported from Gaza. CNN’s Abeer Salman, Amir Tal and Ingrid Formanek reported from Jerusalem. CNN’s Tamara Qiblawi wrote from Beirut, and Natalie Gallon and Jennifer Deaton contributed from Atlanta. Elizabeth Joseph also contributed.

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Thousands of Palestinians marched to Gaza’s border with Israel on Friday in the largest such demonstration in recent memory, and 14 were killed by Israeli fire on the first day of what Hamas organizers said will be six weeks of daily protests against a stifling border blockade. It was the bloodiest day in Gaza since the 2014 cross-border war between Israel and Hamas. Fourteen of the marchers were killed and more than 750 wounded by Israeli fire in clashes along the border fence, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The Israeli military said thousands of Palestinians threw stones and rolled burning tires toward troops deployed on the other side of the border fence. It accused militants of trying to carry out attacks under the cover of mass protests, saying that in one incident, Palestinian gunmen fired toward soldiers. The large turnout of the flag-waving marchers in the dangerous border zone was a testament to Hamas’ organizing skills, but it also signaled desperation among Gaza residents after a decade-old border closure. Life in the coastal strip has deteriorated further in recent months, with rising unemployment, grinding poverty and daily blackouts that last for hours. The U.N. Security Council has called an emergency meeting to discuss the deadly clashes. Kuwait requested the closed Security Council session, scheduled for Friday evening. Asmaa al-Katari said she participated in the march despite the risks and would join upcoming protests because “life is difficult here in Gaza and we have nothing to lose.” Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth during clashes with Israeli troops along the Gaza Strip border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, March 30, 2018. Adel Hana / AP The history student said she is a descendant of refugees from what is now Israel’s southern Negev Desert. She said her grandfathers had lived in tents as refugees. “I want to tell the world that the cause of our grandfathers is not dead,” she added. Gaza resident Ghanem Abdelal, 50, said he hopes the protest “will bring a breakthrough, an improvement, to our life in Gaza.” He had brought his family to a protest tent camp near Gaza City — one of five set up several hundred meters from the border fence — where he distributed water bottles to women and children sitting on a mat. Israel had threatened a tough response, hoping to deter breaches of the border fence. The Israeli military released video showing a row of snipers perched on a high earthen embankment facing the Gaza crowd in one location. Israel also used a new means of crowd control Friday — small drones that each dropped several tear gas canisters on protesters below. People quickly scattered when they saw the drones approaching. Friday’s high death toll and prospects of daily protests in coming weeks have raised concerns about another escalation along the volatile frontier. Israel and the Islamic militant Hamas have fought three cross-border wars in recent years. The protest campaign is meant to spotlight Palestinian demands for a “right of return” to what is now Israel. A large majority of Gaza’s 2 million people are descendants of Palestinians who fled or were driven from their homes in the 1948 Mideast war over Israel’s creation. The 70th anniversary of the establishment of Israel, on May 15, is marked by Palestinians as their “nakba,” or catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands were uprooted. The planned mass sit-ins on the border are also seen as a new attempt by Hamas to break the border blockade, imposed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas seized Gaza from forces loyal to its rival, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in 2007. The continued closure has made it increasingly difficult for Hamas to govern. Other attempts to break the blockade, including wars with Israel and attempts to reconcile with the West Bank-based Abbas, have failed over the years. The latest Egyptian-led reconciliation efforts collapsed earlier this month, when a bomb targeted but missed Abbas’ prime minister and intelligence chief during a visit to Gaza. Hamas and Abbas traded accusations after the bombing, signaling that any deal on Hamas handing the Gaza government to Abbas is increasingly unlikely. The Hamas leader in Gaza, Yehiyeh Sinwar, said the protests are a signal to Israel and the world that “our people will not accept the continuation of the siege.” Israel and the Trump administration expressed concern in recent months about a looming humanitarian crisis in Gaza and appealed to the international community to fund large-scale development projects there, including a desalination plant. However, such plans appeared to be linked to a deal on Abbas taking charge in Gaza, and Israel didn’t say what it would do if such an arrangement didn’t work out. Friday’s violence began before dawn when a 27-year-old farmer picking parsley in his field was hit by an Israeli tank shell in southern Gaza, the Health Ministry said. Another farmer was injured by shrapnel. Israel’s military said troops directed tank fire toward suspicious figures on the border. Later in the day, mosque loudspeakers urged Gaza residents to head to the border encampments. A Hamas-linked bus company ferried protesters to the area. In all, tens of thousands gathered at the encampments, though not all headed to the border, witnesses said. Other Palestinian factions also participated in organizing the protests. The Israeli military reported “rioting” at half a dozen places and said it was “firing towards main instigators,” BBC News reports. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum praised the turnout. “The large crowds … reflect the Palestinian people’s determination to achieve the right of return and break the siege and no force can stop this right,” he said. A Palestinian runs during clashes with Israeli troops, during a tent city protest along the Israel border with Gaza, demanding the right to return to their homeland, the southern Gaza Strip March 30, 2018. IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA/REUTERS Groups of marchers threw stones at Israeli soldiers who responded with live fire, tear gas and rubber bullets. The military said thousands participated in the clashes. Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir, commander of the Israeli military’s Southern Command, which includes the Gaza border, said he held Hamas responsible for the violence and alleged there were attempts to “carry out terror attacks under the camouflage of riots.” The army said Israeli soldiers opened fire at two Palestinians who approached the fence and shot at soldiers in northern Gaza. It said troops also fired on Palestinians who had infiltrated into Israel. The military had doubled its standard troop level along the border, deploying snipers, special forces and paramilitary border police units, which specialize in riot control. Friday’s protest campaign began as Jews prepared to mark Passover, and it is scheduled to culminate with the start of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, in mid-May. The anniversary of Israel’s founding will be particularly fraught for Palestinians this year. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has pledged to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to mark the occasion. The planned embassy move falls in line with Trump’s recognition in December of contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a decision that has infuriated Palestinians who seek the city’s Israeli-annexed eastern sector as a future capital.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday hosted 19 nations, including Israel and Arab Gulf states, to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, but the Palestinian Authority boycotted the meeting, angered by the Trump administrations policies on Jerusalem. U.S. President Donald Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy in December, when he decided to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital and move the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv. This incensed Palestinians and other U.S. allies. The administration is also putting the final touches on a Middle East peace plan, and U.S. officials said the conference was integral to future negotiations. Fixing Gaza is necessary to achieve a peace agreement, one of the senior administration officials said. The officials stressed that the multi-nation humanitarian and reconstruction effort remains in beginning stages. Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to Trump who is overseeing the Israeli-Palestinian peace-process for the White House, gave a two-hour presentation to the attending countries, officials said, but the potential U.S. peace plan was not addressed. Attendees included representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as several European nations. The format did not allow for direct discussions between Israel and the Arab states, officials said. Potential electricity, water, sewage, and health projects were discussed, but officials declined to outline specific proposals. A senior administration insisted that many projects could be implemented without assistance of the Palestinian Authority, but the goal was to have it ultimately engage in the multi-lateral process. Gaza faces a 43.6 unemployment rate, and many in Gaza blame Israel for the hardships, accusing it of placing an economic blockade on the enclave that has drastically reduced movement of people and goods. But Gazans also fault their own leaders, complaining of a power struggle between Hamas, the armed group that seized military power in Gaza in 2007, and Fatah, the secular party of Western-backed Palestinian President Abbas. Israel, which pulled its settlers and soldiers out of Gaza in 2005, says it has been forced to control access to and from the territory to prevent Hamas from sending out gunmen and bombers, and from smuggling in weapons or material to make them. The Palestinian Authoritys prime minister, Rami Hamdallah, escaped an apparent assassination attempt in Gaza on Tuesday, when a bomb struck his convoy. Hamas and the Palestinian Authority signed an agreement in October that called for the Islamist group to hand administrative control of Gaza to the Authority, but it remains to be fully implemented. Reporting by James Oliphant; Editing by Yara Bayoumy and David Gregorio

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The Palestinian Authoritys premier escaped an apparent assassination attempt in the Gaza Strip Tuesday, when a bomb struck his convoy on a mission to bolster reconciliation efforts with the territorys Hamas rulers. The roadside device exploded as Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and intelligence chief Majed Faraj entered Gaza in a motorcade after passing through the fortified Erez crossing from Israel. The assault came hours before a White House conference on trying to rescue Gaza from economic chaos. Trump administration envoy Jason Greenblatt condemned the attack on Hamdallah in a Twitter message. Both officials survived unscathed on the rare visit from the West Bank, and went ahead with a ceremony to open a waste-water treatment plant in Gaza. There was no claim of responsibility, but a statement carried by the official Wafa news agency said the Palestinian Authority held Hamas, which seized control of the tiny coastal enclave 11 years ago, accountable. Those who are in charge shoulder the full responsibility for security on the ground, Faraj said in the statement, a clear reference to Hamas. What Is Hamas and Why Is It Calling for an Uprising?: QuickTake Hamas condemned the attack, and issued a statement saying it deplored the PAs accusations that it was to blame. The incident comes amid a fragile Egyptian-brokered reconciliation effort between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbass Fatah movement, and the Islamist Hamas, which is classified as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and European Union. Hamas still controls Gaza, a 40-kilometer (25-mile) long sliver of territory with almost 2 million people, even after signing the latest in a series of reconciliation agreements last year with the PA. In a speech at the water treatment plant, Hamdallah said that the blast damaged three of the more than 20 vehicles in his convoy just minutes after it entered Gaza. I say in spite of the explosion today, it wont stop us from carrying on our mission to achieve unity, Hamdallah said. We are committed to solving all of Gazas problems. The attack was condemned by Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process. Until the legitimate Palestinian Authority is fully empowered in Gaza, Hamas has the responsibility to ensure that the government is able to carry out its work in the Strip without fear of intimidation, harassment and violence, he said in an emailed statement. Greenblatt and Jared Kushner, the senior aides to U.S. President Donald Trump who have been working for more than a year on a peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, convened what was described as a brainstorming-session at the White House Tuesday to find solutions for Gazas troubles. We condemn attack against @RamiHamdalla, Greenblatt said in the tweet. Gazans have been brought to the brink of collapse by Hamas, PIJ (Palestinian Islamic Jihad) & other extremist groups. Attack on PA delegation opening water treatment plant is an attack on the welfare of the people of Gaza. The Palestinian Authority said it would boycott the Washington meeting to protest Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital and move its Tel Aviv embassy there. Palestinians want to establish the capital of their own future state in east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war. With assistance by Jonathan Ferziger

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Mr. Hamdallah continued on to a scheduled appearance in Beit Lahia, at the opening of a long-awaited water-treatment project. They blew up three cars in my convoy near Beit Hanoun, he told reporters at the event. Fatah officials immediately pointed fingers at Hamas. The office of Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authoritys president and the leader of Fatah, said it holds Hamas responsible for the cowardly attack, and Hussein al-Sheikh, a member of Fatahs Central Committee who is the authoritys minister of civil affairs, called Hamas fully responsible. Majid Faraj, the Palestinian Authoritys intelligence chief, who was with Mr. Hamdallah, stopped short of blaming Hamas but noted that the group and its security forces continued to bear full responsibility for ensuring the safety of the land. In a statement, the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay E. Mladenov, also stressed that Hamas was responsible for enabling the Palestinian government to work without fear of intimidation, harassment and violence. The Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said, however, that Hamas had no role in the attack. He called the blast an attempt to tamper with the security of the Gaza Strip and to strike any efforts to achieve unity and reconciliation, and demanded an investigation. Mr. Barhoum instead sought to blame Israel: He suggested those responsible were the same hands who had gunned down Mazen Fakha, a Hamas official responsible for a number of terror attacks, in March 2017, and tried to kill Tawfiq Abu Naim, the head of Hamass security forces in Gaza, in October. Hamas has accused Israel of being behind the attacks on both men, who were freed from Israeli prisons in 2011 in a controversial prisoner swap for the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Mr. Abu Naim, inspecting the scene on Tuesday, similarly said the perpetrators had executed what the Israeli occupation demands, but added: We are sorry for what happened to our brothers in the delegation, including the prime minister. Mr. Hamdallah, seemingly undaunted by the attack, said he remained determined to heal the Fatah-Hamas rift in Gaza. This will never prevent us from getting rid of the bitter division, he told reporters. I say in spite of the explosion today, this wont stop us carrying on with our mission to achieve unity and end the split. Roadside bombs in Gaza are a sensitive subject for the Palestinian Authority and particularly for Mr. Abbas, its president, said Grant Rumley, co-author of a biography of Mr. Abbas, The Last Palestinian. In 2007, several large bombs were planted along the route Mr. Abbas was about to use to attend a meeting with a Hamas leader in Gaza. The bombs were discovered, Mr. Abbas aborted the meeting, and he has not returned to Gaza since, Mr. Rumley said. The relatively limited damage caused by the bomb on Tuesday gave rise to considerable speculation among analysts and officials in Gaza and beyond about who, beside Hamas, might have had reason to set off the device either as an authentic assassination attempt or, perhaps, to send a message. In Gazas complex political and factional thicket there was no shortage of other potential suspects: Salafi jihadists, who of late have attacked Hamas about as much as they have attacked Israel; allies of Muhammad Dahlan, the exiled Fatah leader who is reviled by Mr. Abbas but widely seen as a potential successor to him; and the Palestinian Authority itself an embarrassing security lapse could bolster its case that Hamas ought to turn over security control in Gaza to the authority. Indeed, within hours of the attack and Mr. Hamdallahs return to the West Bank, Palestinian Authority officials were making precisely that argument in local media coverage. Later, in Washington, Jason Greenblatt, the presidents Middle East envoy, drew a similar conclusion in opening remarks at the White House meeting: This attack, once again, demonstrates that Hamas is profoundly unfit to govern Gaza, Mr. Greenblatt said. At the blast site in Beit Hanoun, a few hundred yards from the Erez crossing from Israel, windows were shattered in nearby buildings and witnesses reported that a security officer in Mr. Hamdallahs motorcade had been lightly wounded in the face. Investigators at the scene said the explosive device was planted next to a streetlight, and that a second bomb, powered by 9-volt batteries, was found nearby, less than a foot underground. Police said that security personnel escorting Mr. Hamdallah had shot at four men on two motorcycles who were seen in the area before the blast, and then arrested them as suspects. The event Mr. Hamdallah attended on Tuesday was the opening of a long-delayed wastewater treatment plant in Beit Lahia that is intended to serve 400,000 Gaza residents. A temporary arrangement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel is supplying power for the plant, but officials are seeking a dedicated electrical line from Israel as a reliable power source. Power shortages have routinely caused water treatment to cease, allowing raw sewage to seep into the groundwater and flow into the sea, polluting the local water supply and fouling beaches throughout Gaza and along much of the southern Israeli seashore.

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Egyptian Delegation in Gaza Attempts Reconciliation Between …

Talal Abu Zarifeh, a politburo member with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine who participated in the multi-lateral talks between the Palestinian organizations in support of the reconciliation talks, told Breitbart Jerusalem that the Egyptian delegation intends to establish a mechanism through which the reconciliation could be realized and not to start new talks. According to Zarifeh, members of the delegation will meet with Fatah and Hamas representatives, but also with representatives of the Palestinian factions and representatives of the Palestinian Authority government in order to form a roadmap for the transfer of authority to the PA government so it can fulfill its role in the Gaza Strip. All the Palestinian factions support Egypts steps to complete the reconciliation agreements reached last October in Cairo between Hamas and Fatah, said Zarifeh. And we among the factions are preparing a series of steps meant to support Egypts efforts and increase the pressure on Fatah and Hamas to finally reach agreements that will allow the Strip and its residents to get out of the crises they are experiencing, he stated. Even as the Egyptian intelligence delegation arrived in the Gaza Strip, so too did a delegation from the Palestinian Authority, in order to take charge of government ministries being run by their counterparts from the Executive Committee, the name given to the shadow government maintained by Hamas in Gaza. The goal of the government delegation, among other things, is to allow the transfer of authority to the hands of the government so that it can begin fulfilling its position and provide employment to 20,000 civil servants in the Strip, said PA spokesman Yussef al-Mahmoud. The 20,000 civil servants mentioned by al-Mahmoud have been employed by Hamas and are now meant to be integrated into the PA government at the conclusion of reconciliation talks. Al-Mahmoud also said that the delegation from the West Bank will hold talks regarding the transfer of authority of security matters, the future of government employees and the indemnification system in Gaza.

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West Bank and Gaza Overview

The lack of peace and reconciliation on the political horizon has created an unsustainable economic situation in the West Bank and Gaza. Even though donor aid had increased government-funded services and fueled consumption-driven growth from 2007 to 2012, this model of growth has proved unsustainable. Donor support has significantly declined in recent years, and naturally aid cannot sustainably make up for inadequate private investment, anyway constrained by weak investor confidence because of ongoing restrictions and the lack of political progress. Recovering slowly from recession in2014, the growth rate is projected to hover around 3.5 % in the medium term. The 2014 war in Gaza created a humanitarian crisis and caused US$1.7 billion in losses to the economy, which continues to suffer to this day. Even though growth in the Gaza Strip reached 7.3% in 2016, due to increased construction, Gazas economy is not expected to rebound to its pre-2014 war level until 2018. Alongside its stunted recovery, Gaza suffers from severe shortages of electricity with rolling blackouts.In 2016, the unemployment rate remained stubbornly high at 27%: 42 % in Gaza and 18% in the West Bank. Youth unemployment in Gaza is particularly worrying at 58%. And, although nearly 80% of Gazas residents receive some form of aid, poverty rates are very high. The current decline could be reversed in an environment where sustainable, private sector-led growth is fostered, coupled with a commitment of ongoing financial support from the international community. A dynamic private sector can generate the sustainable growth needed; however, restrictions put in place by the Government of Israel continue to stand in the way of potential private investment. Access to Gaza remains highly controlled, and much of Area C, which makes up 60% of the West Bank, is inaccessible to Palestinians. Last Updated:Apr 01, 2017

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To leave Gaza, Israel asks Palestinian minors to commit …

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