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In Pictures: Land Day in Gaza

Images from the Gaza-Israel border, so far today, as Gazans march to mark the first anniversary of the Great March of Return
Israeli forces shoot multiple tear gas canisters at a Palestinian woman with during the anniversary march of the "Great March of Return" and "Palestinian Land Day" protests at Israel-Gaza border located near Al Bureij Refugee Camp in Gaza City, Gaza on March 30, 2019 [Hassan Jedi / Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces shoot multiple tear gas canisters at a Palestinian woman with during the anniversary march of the "Great March of Return" and "Palestinian Land Day" protests at Israel-Gaza border located near Al Bureij Refugee Camp in Gaza City, Gaza on March 30, 2019 [Hassan Jedi / Anadolu Agency]

Large numbers of Palestinians marching on the Gaza-Israel border today, to take part in a one-million-man march to mark the first anniversary of the Great March of Return, which was launched on 30 March last year.

In the run-up to Saturday’s rallies, the Israeli army has deployed numerous tanks and armored vehicles along the buffer zone with the Gaza Strip.

On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly instructed the army to prepare for the possibility of a “broad” campaign in Gaza.

Nearly 270 Palestinian demonstrators have been killed by Israeli army gunfire since Palestinians began holding regular demonstrations along the Gaza-Israel buffer zone in March of last year.

Demonstrators demand the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

 

Palestinian Civil Defence members march towards the border…

 

While Israeli tanks, artillery and other military units amass at the other side of the border…

 

As the day progresses, more and more Gazans come out to the border…

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