At least six Palestinians were martyred by Israeli army gunfire on Friday - and at least 420 have been injured - near the Gaza Strip's eastern border with Israel, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
The Palestinian Health Ministry says three Palestinians have been killed and 365 hurt in clashes with Israeli soldiers along the Israel-Gaza border.
A Palestinian farmer was killed and another injured Friday morning by Israeli artillery shelling in farming areas in the southern Gaza Strip.
Eyewitnesses said an Israeli tank opened fire at the two farmers who approached their farm to collect parsley.
It comes just hours before the start of a major demonstration, which is set to kick off six weeks of protests leading up to the inauguration of the new USA embassy in Jerusalem around May 14.
No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts, but Israel held Hamas responsible as the de facto power in the Palestinian enclave.
And along the Gaza border, where the army imposes a no-go zone on the Gazan side of the fence, protests regularly result in Palestinian casualties.More news: Teachers Are Walking Out Because They Are Tired Of Begging For Raises
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"We have deployed more than 100 sharpshooters who were called up from all of the military's units, primarily from the special forces", Eizenkot said in the interview.
Tension was high along the frontier because the protest coincided with the start of the Jewish Passover and the Christian celebrations of Good Friday, when Israel security forces are customarily on a state of high alert.
Organizers said it would be peaceful but Israeli officials were wary of a fresh flareup along the enclave's border.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh spoke at one tent encampment on Friday, saying that Gazans were demanding a "return to Palestine, all of Palestine".
"In light of the Palestinians' organized planned provocation for the coming weeks, I reiterate Israel's right to defend its sovereignty and protect its citizens", Danon wrote.
On Thursday small crowds gathered near the border as families set up tents, said an AFP correspondent at the site.
Batsh said protestors were calling for Palestinians to be allowed to return to land that is now inside Israel. "Seventy years ago we left and today we have made a decision to return to our country", he told AFP. Israel said troops had directed tank fire at suspicious figures near the border fence in the area. Israeli soldiers are seen in the foreground.
Dubbed the "Great Return March", the demonstrations are also meant to pressure Israel to lift its decade-long blockade of Gaza.