TEHRAN’S TANTRUM: Iran Holds DAY OF PROTEST Against Israel

The Argentina squad in training in Barcelona

Israeli forces have killed at least 122 Palestinians in protests along the border since a campaign was launched on March 30 to demand the right to return to ancestral lands lost to Israel in the 1948 war of its creation, hospital officials say.

Israel Defense Forces had issued warnings on leaflets throughout Gaza and on Twitter, warning civilians to stay away from the fence.

"Conference calls on the UK Government to condemn actions that are illegal under worldwide law, including Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land, to take an active role in implementing United Nations resolutions on the region and to lead global efforts to end the siege on Gaza".

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said it was a sad morning for Israeli sports fans, including his own grandchildren.

A press vest did not protect an AFP photographer from Israeli bullets fired during protests in Gaza.

Argentina star Lionel Messi is quoted as refusing to play against "people who kill innocent Palestinian children" following the cancellation of a friendly match between Argentina and Israel.

"They organize this, Hamas".

Critics say it amount to collective punishment of the territory's two million residents.

Israel has lost swathes of farmland and forests on its side of the border to blazes set by coal, or fuel-laden Palestinian kites.

The Palestinians said the Argentinians pulled out of the match after they realised Israel was using its presence in Jerusalem for political gain.

The global community has accused Israel of an excessive use of force during the protests, which left more than 115 Palestinians dead since the end of March. Rights groups have said Israel's open-fire rules are unlawful. -AFP Youths carry tires on their shoulders as they head to join other protesters gathered along the border fence with Israel. Hamas leaders have threatened possible mass border breaches, raising concerns in Israel that communities near Gaza might be at risk. Growing despair in Gaza over blockade-linked hardships, including daily hours-long power cuts and rising poverty, have driven turnout.

Israel and Egypt argue that they must maintain the blockade to contain Hamas and other militant groups, which have built up arsenals over the years, including short-range rockets.

"Quds Day is a historic day as everybody protests against tyrants and voices support for the oppressed (Palestinian) people who have been displaced from their homes for 70 years", Rouhani said. Israel and Hamas, which seeks Israel's destruction, have fought three cross-border wars since 2008. The day is known in Arabic as "Al Quds Day", a reference to the city's historic Arabic name.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed the area in a move not recognised by the global community.

This year's event saw the usual burning of flags and chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel", as well as a huge Donald Trump figure being hanged from a crane.

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