Palestinians, Int'l activists rally on Gaza-Israel border

22:18, January 11, 2010      

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Palestinians and international activists on Monday rallied in a no-go area in northern Gaza Strip, defying the Israeli army.

Tens have participated in the demonstration, called for by the National Initiative party, to express their rejection to an Israeli decision obliging the Palestinians to stay for 300 meters away from the border fence around the densely-populated Gaza Strip.

The demonstrators waved Palestinian flags and raised banners condemning an Israeli blockade imposed on Gaza when Islamic Hamas movement took control here in 2007.

They also chanted against the buffer zone Israel is declaring since it takes lands people use for farming.

"Today, we have entered the buffer zone to tell them (the Israelis) that you won't break our will and your siege will end soon due to these popular protests," said Saber al-Za'nin, a demonstrator from Beit Hanoun border town.

He added that such rallies would be held on weekly basis, similar to peaceful demonstrations Palestinians in the West Bank hold against the barrier Israel is building there.

Khalil Naseer, a farmer from Beit Hanoun, said the closed zone would prevent him from planting. "Our lands are located alongside the border and by this the Israelis are depriving us from planting." In 2009, Israel killed 15 people in shooting incidents along the border fence, local rights group said.

Source: Xinhua
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