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Israel detains 3 unarmed Palestinians attempting to cross Gaza border fence

April 2, 2018 11:52 A.M. (Updated: April 3, 2018 9:15 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces on Sunday evening while reportedly attempting to cross the border fence from Gaza into Israel, according to Israeli media.

Israeli news website Ynet reported that three unarmed Palestinians were detained at the southern end of the besieged coastal enclave while attempting to crossing the heavily militarized fence.

Ynet added that the three, whose identities remained unknown, were taken in for questioning.

Tensions along the border between Gaza and Israel have remained high since massive nonviolent protests turned deadly on Friday, after Israeli forces violently suppressed Land Day protests, killing 15 Palestinians.

Thousands of Palestinians from across the besieged Gaza Strip had taken to the border with Israel on Friday for the first day of protests in the weeks-long protest being called by Palestinians as “The Great March of Return.”

The march began on Friday, March 30, the 42nd anniversary of what Palestinians know as Land Day, during which they commemorate the 1976 Israeli killing of six Palestinians who were protesting the Israeli government's expropriation of thousands of dunums of Palestinian land.

The Great March of Return will continue for six weeks until May 15, which marks the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, when more than 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from their lands to make way for the creation of the state of Israel.

Palestinian in Gaza, which has a majority refugee population, have set up tents near the border and plan to and move gradually closer to the border fence.

Dozens of signs have been set up across the border in Arabic, Hebrew, and English, saying “We are not here to fight; we are here to return to our lands.”

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