Injuries reported during 30th 'Great March of Return' protest in Gaza

Illustrative Lightning is seen above the coastal city of Netanya

Illustrative Lightning is seen above the coastal city of Netanya

According to the Israel Defense Forces, only the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad have access to the type of rockets fired on Wednesday morning.

It is a reality."He said that the economy of the Strip is in free fall, with unemployment of 53 percent, and 70 percent unemployment among young people.All the key indicators - humanitarian, economic, security and political - continue to deteriorate, he said.Mladenov emphasized that there is a clear and growing worldwide consensus about the need to act to respond to the situation, above all with humanitarian initiatives, adding that reducing the humanitarian pressure on the ground will directly reduce the threat of escalation and provide space for efforts led by Egypt to return the legitimate Palestinian government to Gaza, which is now under the control of the Islamist Hamas movement".

"The Israeli enemy's threats have effectively motivated the crowds to participate powerfully in the protest", said Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas, which has staged the protests since March.

The warnings of the United Nations official to the possibility of war in the Gaza Strip come after the council of ministers of the Israeli entity issued on Wednesday instructions to the occupation army to escalate its response to the marches of return, which continue since March 30, describing the demonstrations as riots on the security fence in the Gaza Strip.

About 200 Gazans have been killed by Israeli troops since the border protests began, according to Palestinian Health Ministry figures.

On Thursday, Israel's Security Cabinet ordered the military to step up its response to ongoing Palestinian demonstrations - now in their seventh month - along the buffer zone.

But at least 130 Palestinians were injured by live fire in clashes with Israeli soldiers, the health ministry said.

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On Wednesday, two rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave at Israel, with one destroying a house in the southern city of Beersheba.

Earlier this week, members of the same delegation met with officials from both Hamas - which has governed the Gaza Strip since 2007 - and rival Palestinian faction Fatah.

Protesters are due to gather today for "Great March of Return" protests, which have taken place every Friday since 30 March demanding the lifting of the 11-year unlawful blockade on Gaza and the return of Palestinian refugees to their villages and towns.

Following the Israeli announcement of an intensified crackdown, witnesses at the Friday protests reported the deployment of many armored vehicles. Israel retaliated with airstrikes and has beefed up its military presence on the border.

The Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) reported Friday that the army had deployed "large numbers in south", referring to the region of Israel that borders Gaza. An Israeli soldier was also killed by a Palestinian sniper.

Medics and protesters evacuate a serious wounded youth who was shot at his back, from near the fence of the Gaza Strip border with Israel east of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.

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