Palestinian leader declares Saturday a day of mourning

Palestinian leader declares Saturday a day of mourning
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared Saturday a day of mourning after at least a dozen Palestinian protesters died at the Gaza-Israel border on Friday.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered at the 40-mile border on Friday in preparation for a six-week protest demanding the right of return for refugees and descendants of present-day Israel.

On Friday, over a thousand Palestinians were injured at the border on “Land Day,” which commemorates the 1976 deaths of six Arab protesters who were challenging land confiscations in Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported.


The Israeli military claims the protesters were rioting in six different areas along the border and the government has dismissed the demonstrations as a ploy for military action by the terrorist group Hamas, according to The Guardian.

Thirteen Palestinians were wounded at the Gaza-Israel border on Saturday after Israeli troops fired warning shots towards Palestinians, according to Reuters. 

Abbas has also called for a general strike in the West Bank region.

The State Department said on Friday that the U.S. is “deeply saddened” by the deaths of Palestinian protesters in Gaza.