Israel fears mass protest on Gaza Strip border

Published February 24th, 2008 - 07:08 GMT

The Israeli army is preparing for a possible protest on the border fence around the Gaza Strip aimed at breaking a months-long blockade, local media reported on Sunday. According to a report on Israel's army radio Hamas movement may stage a mass march on the border to protest the Israeli closure of the coastal territory.

 

Israel's Haaretz newspaper also reported on Saturday that Israeli forces have increased their presence along the border, adding that Israel fears there could be several casualties if the soldiers try to halt such a march.

 

The Popular Committee Against the Siege (PCAS), a politically independent group headed by Palestinian parliamentarian Jamal al-Khudari, has called for a mass demonstration on Monday against Israel's closure regime. The group has announced it will try to creat a human chain from the closed Rafah crossing on the southern Gaza Strip border with Egypt to the Beit Hanun crossing in northern Gaza along the territory's main highway. Hamas has said it favours the demonstration but did not organize it.

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