Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited troops concentrated around the Gaza Strip on Thursday. At the end of the trip, he assured that he would not hesitate to launch a large-scale military campaign, if other means did not work.
The so-called the 'Great March of Return' protests have been ongoing on the Gaza-Israel border since March 30 last year. Each week, at least thousands of people from the enclave gather at the border of the Gaza Strip, with the protests often escalating into Palestinians' clashes with Israeli troops.
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March 30 marks the Palestinian Earth Day in memory of the six Arabs who were killed in 1976 during protests against the expropriation of land by the Israelis.