Unrest on the border of Israel injured more than a thousand people

431 Palestinians hurt after Israeli troops fire shots and tear gas

Speaking to +972 Magazine before the first day of protest last month, one of the "Great Return March" organizers, Hasan al-Kurd, explained that the plan was to set up camps between between 700-1000 meters from Israel's border fence, outside the Israeli army's unilaterally imposed buffer zone.

"The Israel Defence Force (IDF) is not involved in this incident in any way", a spokesperson for the IDF said.

Human rights groups have similarly slammed Israel's excessive use of violence. Palestinians mourn the day since they were uprooted in masses to make way for the Israeli state in 1948.

Palestinian medics evacuate a protester injured during the Great Return March in Gaza. The crowd, it said, had thrown explosive devices, firebombs and rocks leading troops to open fire "in accordance to the rules of engagement" to stop the rioters.

The military has faced worldwide criticism over its use of live fire, with the United Nations and European Union calling for an independent investigation rejected by Israel.

Also Friday, two IDF drones sent to observe the protests crashed on the Palestinian side of the border, with Palestinian media outlets claiming they were downed by protesters.

During yesterday's massive protests at the Israeli-Gazan border, dozens of protesters cut the security fence and entered Israeli territory.

Wearing a headscarf and a dust-mask hanging around her neck, she said she came to the protests every week. "I'm not afraid, only of Allah". "Today or tomorrow or after that we will return to our homes".

Youths rolled burning tyres to within 300 metres of the fence, trying to use smoke as cover for throwing stones across it while eluding Israeli snipers.

"We will put Molotov cocktails on the Israeli farms", Issa said.

A 32-year-old man wearing a camouflage hat with his face masked, a traditional keffiyeh scarf around his neck, said they hoped to fly around 50 kites. Three of the injured persons are reported to be in serious condition.

Video released by al-Jazeera showing Palestinians cutting through Gaza border fence on May 4, 2018.

The Israeli military has said it has thwarted a number of infiltration attempts and also arrested Palestinians who made it inside Israel, some of whom were armed.

After nearly two minutes, an Israeli army jeep can be seen speeding to the location and the men high-tail it back into the Strip.

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