A Palestinian was killed and 176 were wounded by Israeli army fire Friday as thousands of Gaza residents protested near their sealed border - part of a weeks-long campaign to end a decade-old blockade of the territory.
Before the protests ended for the day, dozens of demonstrators broke into the Gaza side of the Kerem Shalom goods crossing where humanitarian supplies are delivered to Gaza and ignited a pipeline that delivers gas from Israel and torched a goods conveyor belt, causing damage estimated at more than $9 million, Israeli officials said.
The protest was the latest in a series of protests across the Islamic world sparked by Trump's announcement in December. Jordanian, Palestinian, and green Muslim Brotherhood flags flew over the crowd of some 7,000.
Israel says, however, that the terror group uses the protests as a cover for attacks at the border and attempts to breach it.
One man walked onto the stage with an effigy of President Donald Trump dangling from a noose.
Organisers of the protest, called the "Great March of Return", said they expected tens of thousands of Gazans at tented border encampments in the coming days.
The protest comes ahead of the anniversary next week that will be marked by mass demonstrations along the Gaza border, the culmination of a month of protest that has also focused on anger at the United States decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move their embassy to the city.
On Monday, the demonstrations will also show their unhappiness over the inauguration of the USA embassy, which comes five months after Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
While al-Ayyam said 973 were injured on the Gaza border on Friday, al-Quds put the number at more than 700 in both Gaza and the West Bank.
But Hamas leader Yehiyeh Sinwar contends that Israel's borders are not internationally recognized and therefore do not need to be respected.
The rioters acted aggressively, burning tires, hurling stones and grenades in the direction of the security fence and Israeli soldiers, and launching burning kites. ( TRTWorld ) Israeli snipers target unarmed Palestinian protesters that come at a close distance to the border. Even as hospitals have been overwhelmed by casualties, Israel has denied permission for grievously wounded Palestinians to seek treatment outside Gaza, a callous form of collective punishment that has resulted in deaths and amputations among those hit by fire from the IDF. The protesters performed Friday prayers at the monument before dispersing. The demonstration was held ahead of the 70th anniversary of the "Nakba", the displacement of Palestinians that began with the establishment of Israel.
Many of Jordan's residents are descendants of Palestinian refugees. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were driven out or fled homes in what is now Israel.