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Palestinian commission urges end to Gaza blockade

Palestinians gather at the Separation Fence as 'Great March of Return' demonstrations continue on Friday 20 December in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinians gather at the Separation Fence as 'Great March of Return' demonstrations continue on Friday 20 December in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

A commission on the ongoing marches in Gaza warned Israel on Friday against its blockade of the Palestinian territory since 2006, Andolu Agency reports.

The Commission of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege of Gaza was formed by Palestinian groups.

"The world must support the Palestinian people's just struggle to end the unjust blockade and end the people's suffering resulting from the blockade," it said in a statement ahead of the weekly Friday marches in Gaza, near the Israeli security fence.

Since the Gaza rallies began in March last year, nearly 270 protesters have been martyred and thousands more wounded by Israeli forces.

Demonstrators demand an end to Israel's 13-year-old blockade around the Gaza Strip, which has shattered the coastal enclave's economy and deprived its two million inhabitants of free movement in and out from Gaza, preventing the entry of many basic amenities.

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