At least 130 Gazans hit by Israeli gunfire, says ministry

Israel steps up armored deployment near Gaza

Israel increases armoured presence at Gaza border amid continuing protests

The delegation of senior Egyptian intelligence ‎officials and diplomats arrived in the Gaza Strip for a series of meetings with Hamas leaders, ‎ahead of Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel's ‎shuttle diplomacy mission between Tel Aviv and ‎Ramallah.

They also cut and pulled the barbed wire of the fence of the border and went into Israel and came back.

"Hamas and other militant groups must immediately and effectively stop all provocations", he said, adding that "Israel must restore the delivery of critical supplies to Gaza and improve the movement and access of goods and people [and] exercise maximum restraint in the use of live ammunition", he said.

At least 130 Palestinians were injured by live bullets or sustained suffocation from teargas inhalation on Friday as Israeli forces attacked the Great March of Return protests at Gaza-Israel border, according to the Ministry of Health.

The situation continues to deteriorate, with arbitrary decisions such as the withdrawal of the financial support of a State member to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Rodriguez said Thursday, while lamenting that the Security Council, for the repeated obstruction by one of its members, has not even condemned the escalation of violence and the tragic events that have occurred in the Gaza Strip since March 30.

Mladenov emphasized that there is a clear and growing global consensus about the need to act to respond to the situation, above all with humanitarian initiatives, adding that reducing the humanitarian pressure on the ground will directly reduce the threat of escalation and provide space for efforts led by Egypt to return the legitimate Palestinian government to Gaza, which is now under the control of the Islamist Hamas movement.

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Fears of escalating bloodshed are rising ahead of planned protests in Gaza later today after Israeli authorities announced a "zero tolerance" policy towards demonstrations along the Israel/Gaza fence, said Amnesty International. More than 2 million Palestinians are packed into the narrow coastal enclave.

Palestinians have been protesting along the border since March 30, demanding an end to Israel's blockade of the territory and the right to return to lands that Palestinians fled or were driven from when Israel was founded in 1948.

Protesters set fire to tires to blur the vision of Israeli snipers deployed at the borders.

Israeli fighter jets struck 20 Hamas positions in ‎‎the ‎Gaza Strip after a Grad ‎rocket ‎fired from Gaza hit a house in Beersheba, ‎‎40 kilometers (25 miles) away, ‎causing extensive ‎damage to the building.‎.

Clashes, which have been repeatedly taking place since late March, intensify during every Friday prayers. This follows the deaths last Friday of seven Palestinians in the now weekly protests.

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