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New park opens in Gaza near Israel border

Palestinians recently inaugurated a new park at the site from which they had launched the Great Return March, establishing a human presence in a buffer zone that Israel has insisted remain clear.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On Oct. 13 representatives from various Palestinian factions inaugurated Return Park in the Malika camp meters from the Gaza-Israel border fence and including part of the buffer zone that Israel forbids Palestinians from entering. The park marks the starting point of the Great Return March, the series of demonstrations held every Friday in Malika and four other camps going back to March 30, 2018, to draw attention to the situation in Gaza and the Palestinians' dispossession.

The park contains green spaces for walking and places to sit. There is also a spot reserved for meetings of the Higher National Commission for the Great Return March and Breaking the Siege, the group in charge of organizing the protests composed mainly of representatives from Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

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