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Gaza protests continue with no end in sight

People take part in a protest against the killing of a fellow journalist Palestinian Yasser Murtaja
People protest the killing of Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja, on April 11, 2018, in Istanbul. Photo: Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images

Palestinian protests continued for the third consecutive Friday along the Israel–Gaza border, resulting in another 163 Palestinians injured.

The demonstrations began as a grass-roots movement around the March of the Return. But Hamas, seeking to distract from its own mismanagement, has since assumed a key organizational role, taking advantage of Palestinian suffering and Israeli militarism to renew attention on the conflict. For its part, Israel is determined to prevent massive breaches of the border fence, and its use of live fire has left 33 Palestinian dead and over 1,300 injured since the campaign began.

The bottom line: This flare-up has become the bloodiest since the 2014 war. With no diplomatic recourse in sight, it's likely to get even worse.