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Gaza Protest Peacefully With Stones And Missiles

by | 25th, February 2008

REUTERS sees the demonstation in Gaza. And sees a small tun out for a day when “schools were closed for the day, and thousands of pupils were taken in buses to participate”.

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (Reuters) – Thousands of Palestinians formed a human chain in the Gaza Strip on Monday in a protest against an Israeli blockade that has deepened hardship in the Hamas-controlled territory.

Israel had put troops on alert along the frontier and threatened to open fire if protesters tried to surge across the border. Organizers had forecast 40,000 to 50,000 participants but only about 4,500 people turned out in inclement weather.

Although the event, promoted by Hamas Islamists and allied activists, was peaceful, militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at southern Israel while the protest was under way, wounding a child.

After the human chain broke up, Palestinian youngsters hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers at Gaza’s Erez border crossing. The Israeli army said it detained 50 stone-throwers.

The Associated Press ignores the rockets in favour of Hamas Gaza protest passes peacefully.

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