Palestinians to postpone weekly Gaza border protest
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Israel, Hamas reportedly agree to ceasefire after 12 hour spike in violence

Israel yet to confirm truce, but Palestinian committee organizing weekly border protests cancels day’s rally, saying move in preparation of much larger demonstration at month’s end

Jacob Magid is the settlements correspondent for The Times of Israel.

Illustrative: Thousands of Palestinians protest along the Gaza border with Israel, in the sixth 'March of Return' demonstration on May 4, 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)
Illustrative: Thousands of Palestinians protest along the Gaza border with Israel, in the sixth 'March of Return' demonstration on May 4, 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Times of Israel liveblogged Friday’s events as they unfolded.

Palestinians to postpone weekly Gaza border protest

The Palestinian committee that organizes weekly protests on the Gaza border has decided “to postpone” today’s protests “out of concern for our people and in preparation for” a much larger protest on March 30, the Hamas-affiliated Palestinian Information Center reports.

March 30 marks Land Day, the date Palestinians commemorate the Israeli government’s expropriation of Arab-owned land in the Galilee in 1976.

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Organization says it is “sickened and devastated” by attacks in Christchurch and offers assistance.

“We offer our full assistance and support to the Muslim community and stand united with it against the scourge of terrorism and racism,” the statement reads.

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Palestinian media reports: Latest escalation between Hamas and Israel is over

Palestinian media reports that the latest escalation between Hamas and Israel has come to a close.

The reports quote Hamas officials saying that the Egyptian-led mediation efforts, which began late last evening, bore fruit, and that calm has been restored in and around the coastal enclave.

IDF air strikes said to include hit on Hamas’s UAV facility

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Israeli media joins Palestinian counterpart in reporting Gaza truce

The Kan public broadcaster reports that a ceasefire has been reached between Israel and Hamas thanks to Egyptian mediation.

The report comes shortly after similar ones appeared in the Palestinian press.

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Palestinians to postpone weekly Gaza border protest

The Palestinian committee that organizes weekly protests on the Gaza border has decided “to postpone” today’s protests “out of concern for our people and in preparation for” a much larger protest on March 30, the Hamas-affiliated Palestinian Information Center reports.

March 30 marks Land Day, the date Palestinians commemorate the Israeli government’s expropriation of Arab-owned land in the Galilee in 1976.