Gaza factions plan another border rally Wednesday

Gaza-based Palestinian factions announce plans for a major rally in the southern Gaza Strip near the border with Israel Wednesday, as tensions continue to escalate between Israel, Hamas and Egypt.

According to schedules published by Hamas-aligned media, buses will transport demonstrators from across southern Gaza to participate in the rally. The event has been dubbed by its organizers “the Sword of Jerusalem shall not be sheathed,” a reference to Hamas’s name for the May battle between Gaza and Israel.

A similar protest in Malika camp east of Gaza City on Saturday left two Gazans and one Israeli soldier in critical condition. The Israeli soldier, Border Police officer Barel Shmueli, was shot by a pistol-wielding Palestinian man at point-blank range near at the Gaza border barrier.

Palestinians clash with Israeli troops during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza City, on August 21, 2021. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

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