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Reports: Israeli drones burn tyres, protest camps in southern Gaza

A drone photo shows smoke rising as Palestinian protestors burn tyres during confrontations with Israeli forces during a demonstration, organised within the "Great March of Return" despite Israel's threats, with tear gas near the Gaza/Israel border in Khan Yunis, Gaza on April 06, 2018 [Stringer / Anadolu Agency]
A drone photo shows smoke rising as Palestinian protestors burn tyres during confrontations with Israeli forces during a demonstration, organised within the "Great March of Return" despite Israel's threats, with tear gas near the Gaza/Israel border in Khan Yunis, Gaza on April 06, 2018 [Stringer / Anadolu Agency]

Israeli drones reportedly dropped what locals said were firebombs along the borderlines in the south-eastern Gaza Strip on Friday morning.

Locals told the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency that Israeli drones dropped the firebombs on hundreds of tyres that protesters had brought to the area to burn during protests later in the day.

The firebombs also reportedly burned down several tent encampments that had been set up for weeks by protesters participating in the ongoing “Great March of Return” in Gaza.

Though protests have slightly calmed since Ramadan began three weeks ago, thousands of Gazans took to the Israeli border fence on Friday on the occasion of al-Quds Day, or Jerusalem Day, and the 51st anniversary of the “Naksa.”

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Palestinian Civil Defence teams arrived to the area and extinguished the fire set by the drones before it could spread further.

Local activists told Ma’an News Agency the Israeli action was “proof of Israel’s flounder and fear of Palestinian crowds that would be protesting on Friday.”

They added that despite their tents being burned, marches would continue until “their goals were achieved.”

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23-year-old Haitham Abu Sabla runs as he holds a teargas canister stuck on his face during a demonstration commemorating the Naksa, along the border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on June 8, 2018 [Ashraf Amra / Anadolu Agency]

23-year-old Haitham Abu Sabla runs as he holds a teargas canister stuck on his face during a demonstration commemorating the Naksa, along the border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on June 8, 2018 [Ashraf Amra / Anadolu Agency]

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