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Youth for Intifada' demonstrates near border fence east of Gaza'
Palestinian youths wave flags and light tyres during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the border fence near Gaza City on March 17, 2010 (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)
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Gaza, ALRAY - Hundreds of youth rallied Friday in northern Gaza Strip in support of Al-Aqsa Mosque, heading to the Nahal Oz border crossing.

The march was called for earlier by Youth for Intifada Coalition.

The participants tried to pitch Palestinian flags on the border fence and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation.

Israeli soldiers intensified their presence along the border fence and fired tear gas bombs and live bullets to disperse the demonstrators who continued to gather near the border area. 

Some 5 citizens suffered from teargas fired by Israeli troops, Palestinian medical sources said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that "approximately 300 Palestinians" entered a zone near the fence within the Gaza Strip deemed off-limits to Palestinians by Israeli forces.

"In order to disperse the gathering...soldiers used tear gas," she told AFP.

Youth for Intifada Coalition had called earlier for stepping up the resistance against the occupation and for launching a new intifada against occupation.

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