Gaza's Mass Protests Are Failing to Make an Impact

(Jerusalem Post) Seth J. Frantzman - The Friday "March of Return" protests that Hamas launched on March 30 at the Gaza border saw their lowest turnout in three weeks and the smallest number of casualties in clashes with Israeli forces, with one Palestinian killed and 528 reported injured on Friday. The proportion of those injured by live fire has declined by half, indicating a major reduction in the size of the protests. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman tweeted that "from week to week there are fewer riots on our border with Gaza. Our resolve is well understood from the other side." The number of protesters who gather each Friday has decreased from 20,000 or more in the first week to 17,000 the second week, and to 10,000 this past Friday. There have been almost no mass protests in the West Bank to coincide with the Gaza clashes.

2018-04-16 00:00:00

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