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Pledge Monday: Hamas and Israel

pledge monday: The protests are seen, in part, as an attempt by Hamas to break the blockade, according to Toronto Star. Read more Israelis open deadly fire as Hamas protest continues Article Continued Below Number of Palestinians killed by Israel this week rises to 21 after Gaza airstrike Israel blamed for missile strike on major airbase in Syria that killed 14Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh renewed a pledge Monday that the marches would pave the way for a return of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to what is now Israel. react-empty 142 We will return to Palestine, our villages and Jerusalem, Haniyeh said in a fiery speech at one of five protest camps set up along the border. Since late March, 26 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded by Israeli fire in mass border protests led by Hamas, but also driven by widespread desperation over the territory's decade-old border blockade by Israel and Egypt. He stopped short of threatening a mass breach of the border, though another Hamas leader has done so in recent speeches. It has said some of those at the border tried to damage the fence, planted explosives or hurled firebombs. Israel has accused Hamas of using the protests as a cover for carrying out attacks and bringing infiltrators into Israel. ( As reported in the news.