As Palestinian protesters are already gathering near the Gaza border fence, the IDF has ordered its soldiers to fire in case protesters attempt to cross the fence into Israel.

Photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib, Flash 90

Just hours ahead of the Palestinian “March of Return,” the IDF has instructed its troops to shoot whoever tries to cross the Gaza Strip border fence.

Palestinian protesters have already started to gather near the fence and are currently about 700 meters away from it. Hamas has said in official statements that the demonstration will remain quiet and non-violent, though Israeli authorities are expecting that at least some protesters will attempt to cross the fence into Israel.

The IDF Spokesperson announced on Thursday a complete closure of the West Bank and the Gaza border crossings during Passover, with the exception of humanitarian and health-related cases.