Tens of thousands of Palestinian protesters have started heading to the fence separating the besieged Gaza Strip from the occupied territories as protests reach a climax despite Israeli threats.
The Israeli army is expecting about 100,000 demonstrators to gather at three main locations on Monday, coinciding with a gala in the afternoon to officially relocate US embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds.
On Sunday, the Israeli air force dropped leaflets over the Gaza Strip warning Palestinians not to approach the fence and threatening to target Hamas facilities in the besieged territory if protesters breach the barrier.
The rallies known as the “Great March of Return” began on March 30 and are due to climax on Monday and Tuesday, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe) when Israel was created.
Every year on May 15, Palestinians all over the world hold demonstrations to commemorate the day, which marks the anniversary of the forcible Israeli eviction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland in 1948.
The protests on Monday will take place despite Israeli threats to use live fire against the protesters. The Israeli army has ordered its soldiers to prevent protesters from crossing into Israel at any price.
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