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Israeli drones burn tires, protest camps in southern Gaza

June 8, 2018 5:27 P.M. (Updated: June 12, 2018 5:01 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli drones reportedly dropped what locals said were firebombs along the borderlines in the southeastern Gaza Strip on Friday morning.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli drones dropped the firebombs on hundreds of tires that protesters had brought to the area to burn during protests later in the day.

The firebombs also reportedly burned down several tent encampments that had been set up for weeks by protesters participating in the ongoing “Great March of Return” in Gaza.

Though protests have slightly calmed since Ramadan began three weeks ago, thousands of Gazans took to the Israeli border fence on Friday on the occasion of al-Quds Day, or Jerusalem Day, and the 51st anniversary of the “Naksa.”

Palestinian Civil Defense teams arrived to the area and extinguished the fire set by the drones before it could spread further. .

Local activists told Ma’an the Israeli action was “proof of Israel’s flounder and fear of Palestinian crowds that would be protesting on Friday.”

They added that despite their tents being burned, marches would continue until “their goals were achieved.”
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