- Title: Hamas demands Israel lay out timetable to implement their demands
- Date: 30th March 2019
- Summary: GAZA CITY, GAZA (MARCH 30, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS AT BORDER PROTEST, TEAR GAS BEING FIRED AT PROTESTERS AMBULANCE PASSING BY AT BORDER AREA VARIOUS OF PALESTINIANS PROTESTERS AT BORDER PROTEST PROTESTERS PRAYING AT BORDER AREA / BURNING TYRE IN BACKGROUND KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA (MARCH 30, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF HAMAS GAZA CHIEF, YAHYA AL-SINWAR AT BORDER AREA (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAMAS GAZA CHIEF, YAHYA AL-SINWAR, SAYING: "The people have gone out today to confirm holding on to their land, rights, their right to return and that they choose resistance, and they are saying to the worthless, to the people who try to normalise the situation, that they are on the right track with God's blessing without going back or hesitation, no matter how great the sacrifices reached." GAZA CITY, GAZA (MARCH 30, 2019) (REUTERS) PARAMEDICS AT FIELD HOSPITAL PARAMEDICS GIVING FIRST AID TO INJURED PROTESTER VARIOUS OF MEDICAL TEAM MOVING INJURED PROTESTER FIELD HOSPITAL SIGN READING (Arabic): "CRITICAL INJURES" OUTSIDE FIELD HOSPITAL (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DOCTOR AT FIELD HOSPITAL, KHALIL SIAM, SAYING: "Up to now we have 48 injured, two of them are live bullets injuries, that hit two kids." AMBULANCE LEAVING PROTESTERS GATHERED AT BORDER PROTEST / TEAR GAS BEING FIRED AMBULANCE AT BORDER PROTEST VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS GATHERED AT BORDER PROTEST WOMAN HOLDING PALESTINIAN FLAG PROTESTERS STANDING AT BORDER AREA VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS GATHERED AT BORDER AREA WHERE ISLAMIC JIHAD SPOKESPERSON, KHALED AL-BATSH IS GIVING SPEECH VARIOUS OF KHALED AL-BATSH SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SPOKESPERSON OF ISLAMIC JIHAD, KHALED AL-BATSH, SAYING: "We are not celebrating the passing of a one year anniversary, but we are establishing a new year of marches so we can achieve the goal that we set off which is to resist the 'deal of the century' (what U.S. President Donald Trump says he will introduce to the Middle East peace process), second to confirm our people's resistance and most importantly the right of return, for those who do not know the reason for these marches, the third reason is to break the unjust siege on the Gaza Strip, and I also add, the need to recover national unity and to end division." VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS GATHERED AT BORDER AREA PALESTINIAN WOMAN AND CHILDREN IN CARRIAGE
- Embargoed: 13th April 2019 16:00
- Keywords: Israel Palestinians Gaza border protests violence Hamas
- Location: GAZA CITY, KAHN YOUNIS, GAZA
- City: GAZA CITY, KAHN YOUNIS, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001A87PMBR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES
The Islamist Hamas group said on Saturday (March 30) that it expects Israel to lay out a timetable to implement demands made by Gaza's factions and brought to Israel by Egyptian mediators.
Hamas' demand came as tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied in heavy rain at the Israel-Gaza border on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of a new wave of protests, facing off against Israeli tanks and troops massed on the fortified frontier.
The 'Great March of Return' protests have been marked by sometimes deadly violence and Gaza medical officials said two Palestinians were killed on Saturday.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders say progress has been made in the truce talks, but Hamas has a list of demands from Israel that it wants to see fulfilled.
Saturday's protest saw Palestinians throw rocks, grenades and burning tyres towards soldiers across the border fence, the Israeli military said.
Eager to attract a large turnout on the anniversary, organisers set up loudspeakers at protest camps along the border, blaring out Palestinian nationalist songs at full volume. Hamas leaders turned up at the rallies and ordered schools shut for the day to encourage participation.
The protesters are calling for the lifting of a security blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt, and for Palestinians to have the right to return to land from which their families fled or were forced to flee during Israel's founding in 1948.
Israel rejects any such return, saying that would eliminate its Jewish majority.
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