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Injuries reported at eastern borders of Gaza

Nov. 2, 2018 5:58 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 3, 2018 3:01 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- At least seven Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces at the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip, on Friday.

Spokesperson of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, confirmed that at least 32 cases arrived at hospital for treatment, including 7 injuries were live bullets, and dozens suffering from tear-gas suffocation; many other cases were treated on the spot.

Israeli forces opened live fire and tear-gas bombs towards protesters in eastern Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Witnesses reported that protesters did not ignite any tires during this Friday protests as a result of an agreement between the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip and Israel to lessen tensions on the borders.

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The protests set off in commemoration of the 101st anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.

Palestinians have viewed the declaration as paving the way for the creation of the state of Israel at the expense of the land's original inhabitants.

The declaration was made before the British had wrested control of Palestine from the Ottoman Empire, and was not made public until several years after the World War I, in 1920.

By that time, Britain had been formally granted a mandate over Palestine by the League of Nations, and was struggling with its contradictory obligations of "rewarding" Arabs for their support during the war, while also fulfilling their pledge to create a Jewish state.

After World War II, British forces withdrew from Palestine, leaving it in the hands of the newly created United Nations, which favored partition, particularly as evidence slowly emerged of the vast scale of the Holocaust in Europe.

The decision led to the 1948 war between Arab nations, including Palestinians, and Jewish immigrants, ultimately resulting in the creation of the state of Israel and the expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their homes inside its borders, an event known as the Nakba among Palestinians.

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