Abbas warns of unspecified 'tough steps' against Israel, US

Airstrikes from unknown source cause massive explosions at Iranian weapons depot in Syria

Forty-eight Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured by Israeli fire since regular protests and clashes broke out along the Gaza border on March 30.

Human rights organizations and demonstrators have insisted the Great March of Return is led by civilians and refugees, and not by any political party.

Qidra added that Asser, a local resident of Tal al-Hawa neighborhood in the southern part of Gaza City, was shot by Israeli snipers ton April 27.

There are no public regulations that prove the Israeli army adheres to an open-fire policy, however, recent statements by high-ranking officials and recents actions in the Israel-Gaza border was used by these groups as legal basis to challenge the army's rules of engagement.

It also alleges Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip and with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, is seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out violence.

President Mahmud Abbas called on Monday for Palestinians to keep their children from protests along the border between Israel and Gaza, warning of a "handicapped" generation.

The 23 Palestinian National Council (PNC) resumed on Thursday its fourth day of deliberations and discussions with a focus on holding elections for the 18-person Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the 100-person Palestinian Central Council, the second decision-making body after the PNC.

News of the U.S. president's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital broke with decades of policy and angered Palestinians.

Demonstrators have been gathering several hundred metres from the fence separating Israel from Gaza, where nearly 1.3 million of the small territory's two million inhabitants are refugees, to demand the right to return to their pre-1948 homes.

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