Despite Israel's repeated use of lethal force, Gaza residents once again flocked toward the Israeli border on Friday, to demand the right of return to their homelands and to reject USA recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Given the inflammatory nature of events occurring this week - namely President Donald Trump's relocation of the Tel Aviv US embassy to Jerusalem - military forces predict that protests will erupt in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
More than 40 Palestinians have been killed during six weeks of protests and tens of thousands of Gazans are expected at tented border encampments in the coming days.
The demonstrations have taken place near the fence dividing Gaza from Israel.
For the seventh Friday in a row, thousands of Palestinians converged on the Gaza Strip's eastern border with Israel as part of ongoing rallies against the decades-long occupation. Israel and Egypt maintain a security blockade of Gaza.
Witnesses said Israeli soldiers used a drone to down flaming kites that protesters flew over the border in a bid to torch bushes and distract snipers. Some of the protesters, mainly youths, brandished wire cutters, a popular tool in weekly attempts to cut through the border fence.
Though they were initially planned as non-violent demonstrations, the protests were co-opted by the Hamas terror group, which rules Gaza and whose leaders have said their goal is to erase the border and "liberate Palestine".
Israeli soldiers fired live rounds and volleys of tear gas.
Hamas has said if the protests "don't achieve their goals", they will continue.
Yousef Munayyer, political analyst at the Arab Center of Washington, DC, and executive director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, said Trump will mark the anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the dispersal and displacement of Palestinians from their homeland 70 years ago, by opening a US embassy in Jerusalem.
More than two million people are packed into the narrow coastal enclave of Gaza, where poverty and unemployment rates are high.
Many of Jordan's residents are descendants of Palestinian refugees.