Hamas leader and ex-Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh joined about 2,000 worshipers in an area near the Gaza-Israel border fence Friday morning, AP reports.
Commenting on the recently passed UN resolution condemning "excessive" Israeli violence against Palestinians during the protests, Haniyeh said that "the marches of return and breaking the siege [have] revived the Palestinian issue and imposed it on the international agenda."
Over 120 protesters have been killed, with 3,800 more wounded by the Israeli military. Since late March, Hamas has also fired several dozen rockets, as well as booby-trapped kites and helium balloons with flammable materials, into Israeli territory. One Israeli soldier has received light injuries, with property damage also reported.
Tel Aviv has used lethal means to suppress the rallies, citing security concerns, and has blamed Hamas for the escalation of the violence.