Into the black smoke: Inside the 'Great March of Return'

IDF forces reportedly using giant fans to dispense smoke created from the burning of 10,000 tires during Friday protests near the Gaza border.

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April 6, 2018 13:15
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Into the black smoke: Inside the 'Great March of Return'

Israeli soldiers are seen next to the border fence on the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border, as black smoke rises while Palestinians protest on the Gaza side of the border April 6, 2018.. (photo credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)

 
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Palestinian protestors have amassed some ten thousand tires on the Gaza border and have set fire to them in the midst of the "Great March of Return" protests. 

A Palestinian holds tyres at the Israel-Gaza border during a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, east of Gaza City April 6, 2018 / MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS

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Palestinian media reported that IDF forces are using giant fans to dispense the smoke while the IDF Spokesperson declared the border fence a closed military zone and warned the IDF would not allow it to be breached. 

Palestinians remove a section of the border fence during Gaza protests (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/ Reuters)


Palestinians burn tires during Gaza protests (Mohammed Salem/ Reuters)


Hamas Spokesperson Hazem Qassem stated on Friday that "By the people maintain that [these] marches are peaceful [we] strike a blow against all the propaganda which is being spread by the occupation around [these] marches.''

Palestinians burn a U.S flag at the Israel-Gaza border during a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, east of Gaza City April 6 / Mohammed Salem/ Reuters
 
''The threats [used] by the occupation will not change the manner of our gaining our rights against the plan to remove the Palestinian issue, and to maintain the blockade,'' he said.


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