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    The organisers of the Palestinian protests dubbed the 'Great March of Return' plan to mark the first anniversary along the borders of the Gaza Strip on Saturday with large-scale rallies. The Israeli military reported that they had completed preparations for the Saturday events, reinforcing the southern district with forces and equipment.

    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.

    READ MORE: 'Shakira's Hips Lie': IDF TROLLS 'March of Return' Rallies Ahead of Anniversary

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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.

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      Thousands of Palestinians are gathering on Saturday on the Israel-Gaza Strip border to mark the first anniversary of mass anti-Israel protests dubbed the Great March of Return, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

      The Israeli military said that they had completed preparations for the Saturday large-scale rallies, reinforcing the border with three additional infantry brigades, divisional headquarters and an artillery unit. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited troops concentrated around the Gaza Strip on Thursday.

      The Palestinians are heading to five camps, set up along the eastern frontiers of the Gaza Strip, at a safe distance from Israel. There will be meetings with speeches and music, and small groups of young protesters will probably go on raids to the border fence in order to clash with the Israeli military under the cover of smoke from burning tires.

      "I came here to support our right to return to homes [located in the territory controlled by Israel now], which my grandfather and grandmother left in 1948," Shadia Jamali, who came to one of the camps, told Sputnik.

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