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Demonstrators protest Gaza buffer zone

March 27, 2012 5:40 P.M. (Updated: March 28, 2012 5:12 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Dozens of demonstrators rallied in northern Gaza on Tuesday to protest Israel's confiscation of land inside the border.

The Israeli military imposes a no-go buffer zone inside the borders of Gaza, demolishing homes and buildings in the area, capturing valuable agricultural land and firing at Palestinians near the fence.

The rights group Al Mezan reports that the depth of the no-go zone is unclear and Israeli soldiers have shot at people as far as two kilometers from the border.

The demonstration was organized by a local initiative in Beit Hanoun.

Protesters marched toward a trench Israeli forces are digging in the zone and chanted "The land is not for sale," "The wall must fall," and "From Gaza to Bilin, we are one people."

Coordinator Saber Zaaneen said the rally was "just the beginning" of a series of marches planned to mark Land Day on Friday.

The Global March to Jerusalem is planning international rallies Friday to commemorate the death of six Palestinian citizens of Israel who took part in a general strike in protest of an Israeli decision to confiscate privately owned Palestinian lands in 1976.

Zaaneen urged Palestinian people to rise up in peaceful resistance to Israel's occupation.

"Jerusalem is in our hearts, it is our compass," he said.
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