Israel fires tear gas, drops leaflets warning Palestinians to stay away from border

The Israeli military dropped leaflets and fired tear gas into Gaza early on Monday, warning Palestinians to stay away from the border with Israel. Protests are expected to escalate on Monday, the 70th anniversary of the foundation of Israel and the day the US Embassy in Jerusalem will be officially opened. In Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Israeli forces fired gunshots and one protester was wounded in the leg, Reuters reported, citing witnesses and Palestinian medics. The protests, dubbed the ‘Great March of Return,’ are scheduled to climax on Tuesday, the day that Palestinians mourn as the Nakba or ‘catastrophe,’ when, in 1948, hundreds of thousands of them were driven out of their homes.