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Gaza protests to be canceled for second straight week: report

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FILE- A protester carries a Palestinian flag during clashes with Israeli forces following a protest at the Nahal Oz crossing with Israel, east of Gaza City, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
AP Photo/Adel HanaFILE- A protester carries a Palestinian flag during clashes with Israeli forces following a protest at the Nahal Oz crossing with Israel, east of Gaza City, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

The Great March of Return organizing committee is reportedly mulling reducing demonstrations to monthly

For the first time since the inception of the Great March of Return Protests on March 30, 2018, Gaza residents will refrain for the second consecutive week from their Friday demonstrations, according to Lebanese newspaper Al Ahbar. 

The surprising turn comes following the recent escalation that saw the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) launch over 400 rockets towards Israel, which responded with airstrikes that killed at least 34 Gazans, most deemed to be "combatant terrorists."

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The committee in charge of organizing the weekly Gaza border demonstrations is reportedly mulling scaling back the protests to just once a month and for special events, which would mark a dramatic reduction from the movement against the Israeli blockade and US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state. 

In negotiations this week, Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas group were said to reach mutual understandings with public gestures signaling significant progress in peace talks. 

On May 14, during the inauguration of the decision by President Donald Trump to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, some 60 Palestinians were shot dead at twelve clash points along the border fence in the deadliest day of the Great March of Return protests.