Hamas Leader Warns Gaza Riots Will Continue Beyond Expected May 15 Escalation

Palestinian protestors try to take down a section of barbed wire at the border fence with Israel, east of Gaza City in the central Gaza Strip, on April 13, 2018. Clashes erupted as thousands protested for a third consecutive Friday along Gaza's border with Israel after violence in which Israeli …

The Algemeiner reports: A top Hamas official warned on Wednesday that the ongoing Gaza border demonstrations — expected to reach their peak on May 15, known as “Nakba Day” by the Palestinians — would continue afterward, the Hebrew news outlet Maariv reported.

The protests, Ismail Haniyeh asserted in a speech, have drawn global attention back to the Palestinians and revived the issue of the so-called “right of return” of Arab refugees from the 1948 War. Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas Political Bureau, threatened that the Trump administration would receive the “slap of the century,” instead of achieving its goal of achieving the “deal of the century” — an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

He also predicted that the “Great March of Return” demonstrations would spread to Palestinian Authority-ruled areas of the West Bank.

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