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Increasing number of foreign journalists enter Gaza

Palestinian journalist flees from tear gas shot by Israeli soldiers at the border in Gaza [file photo]
A journalist flees from tear gas shot by Israeli soldiers at the border in Gaza [file photo]

Head of the Palestinian Government Information Office in Gaza Salama Marouf said yesterday that there had been a “notable” increase in the number of foreign journalists visiting Gaza since the start of the Great March of Return, Quds Press reported.

Marouf told the news site that scores of foreign journalists entered Gaza, with numbers expected to rise ahead of the culmination of protests on Nakba Day on 15 May.

Border officials in Gaza said on average four journalists enter the enclave everyday with an increase in numbers on Thursdays in preparation for larger demonstrations held on Friday.

On 30 March, Palestinians in Gaza launched seven weeks of protests to call for their right of return and an end to the siege. The demonstrations are due to come to an end on Nakba Day which marks the day on which nearly one million Palestinians were forced to flee the homes ahead of the formation of  the state of Israel.

Israeli snipers stationed along the eastern borders of Gaza have so far killed 53 unarmed protesters and wounded about 8,000 others in an effort to stop the protests.

Read: Media freedom watchdog warns of more Israel attacks on journalists in Gaza

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