Gazans converge on Israel border amid ongoing rallies

Palestinian protesters run to cover from teargas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza's border with Israel east of Khan Younis Gaza Strip Friday

For the past two Fridays, tens of thousands of Palestinians have gathered near the border at five main sites across the Gaza Strip for what has been dubbed the "Great March of Return".

Their presence here are at the sight of pitched up tents in southern Gaza, near the border with Israel, to demonstrate the right of Palestinian refugees to return to the villages and towns they were expelled from when Israel was established in 1948.

Akram reported from Khuzaa, Gaza Strip.

Gaza health officials say 528 Palestinians were hurt Friday, including 122 by Israeli army fire.

Some 32 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire over two consecutive weekends of protests in Gaza, demanding the right to return to ancestral homes in what is now Israel. As witnessed in the past weeks, these protests have the potential to become violent.

At a protest camp there, a large Israeli flag was placed on the ground for demonstrators to walk on.

Israeli soldiers are firing tear gas and live bullets from across the border fence.

Rights groups say Israel's open-fire regulations are unlawful because soldiers can use potentially lethal force against unarmed protesters.

The Hamas fighters were apparently shooting at an Israeli jet, which was carrying out strikes in Gaza in response to an explosive device at Israel's border fence on Wednesday.

Islamists Hamas have controlled Gaza since 2007 and have fought three wars with Israel since.

Israel has declared a no-go zone close to the Gaza border fence, and deployed army sharpshooters along it. "We came here so the world can see us and know that life here is miserable, and that there should be a solution".

Thirty-four Palestinians have been killed and thousands wounded by Israeli forces since March 30, according to the Hamas-run interior ministry in Gaza.

A minimal of eight Palestinians have been wounded, the properly being ministry in Gaza talked about, with one shot throughout the head.

Gaza participants were said to be hurling Molotov cocktails and other explosives at Israeli troops stationed on the other side of the fence.

Israel has drawn sharp criticism for its open-fire orders along the border, including its warnings that those approaching or trying to damage the fence would be targeted. Murtaja was shot and killed by an Israeli sniper of the Israeli Defence Force while covering protests, in spite of wearing a jacket that boldly stated "PRESS".

Organizers were calling on Friday's demonstrators to burn Israeli flags and raise Palestinian ones.

Thousands of Gazans are taking part in protests in the besieged enclave, where nearly 1.3 million of the small territory's two million inhabitants are refugees, to demand their right to return to their pre-1948 homes. "Jordan is the twin of Palestine", said Jammel Abu Baker of the Islamic movement.

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