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>> The return of camels, tents, and merchants to an area of Gaza most would not normally venture. Around 300 meters from the border fence of the Israeli blockaded Gaza Strip, it marks a line beyond which most living here would fear they will be shot by Israeli troops. But the area has been transformed since the six week long protest began last Friday and hundreds of youths are venturing ever closer.
Reuters Nidal al-Mughrabi is at one of the protest camps.>> This is a no-go area. But behind me are dozens of young men who came here saying that they want to show defiance against the Israelis. They are standing 300 meters or less from the border fence, and they are burning tires.
Israel said that there will be no change to the rules of engagement they have implemented last Friday.>> 19 Palestinians have been killed since the protest started. With Israel's defense minister saying that, quote, anybody who harms our sovereignty and threatens it is endangering his life.
e military says its troops have used live fire only against people trying to damage the fence, rolling burning tires, or throwing rocks.
But some Palestinians are enjoying the first chance they've had in years to get so close.>> Today, these places are full of people and full also of sellers who sell snacks, tea and coffee, and little sandwiches.>> Demonstrators want a right of return for refugees and descendants to what is now Israel.
Organizers are expecting tens of thousands of protesters to arrive once again this week, and are hoping they stay until the fifteenth of May. The day the Palestinians call the Nakbah, or catastrophe, when the State of Israel was created 70 years ago. Israeli vehicles continue to patrol the borderline and have warned Palestinians not to come closer to the fence.