Border protest for Hamas women
(3 Jul 2018) LEADIN:
Hundreds of Palestinian women have gathered to protest at Gaza's border with Israel.
The Israeli military launched tear gas at the demonstration as different factions clashed.
Waving Palestinian flags, they march defiantly towards the border with Israel.
Hundreds of female Hamas supporters have turned out to show their anger at the Gaza siege.
Israel and Egypt imposed a stifling border blockade after Hamas seized Gaza from forces loyal to its rival, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in 2007.
The women are calling on the international community to end the situation.
"The Palestinian woman challenges the occupation because she is the mother of the martyr, the injured, the prisoner," says protestor Nisreen.
"Palestinian women suffered a lot and sacrificed a lot, however she came to confirm that she has the right, the same as a man, to defend the homeland."
Tear gas canisters are fired from an Israeli military vehicle.
Clashes have broken out between the female Hamas supporters and protesters from other Palestinian political factions.
The tear gas appears to have been fired to seperate the groups.
But several people struggle to breathe as the clouds of gas creep across the area, and are taken away for medical treatment by ambulance.
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