GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Demonstrators will march to the northern Gaza Strip on Friday as activists participate in the Global March to Jerusalem in cities around the world.
Palestinians, joined by 33 solidarity activists from eight European and Arab countries, will head to the Hamodeh station after Friday prayers, said Majed al-Zeida, a spokesman for the global rally.
The march intends to warn Israel that Jerusalem is not solely for the Jewish people and that any harm to the Holy City could cause an uprising, al-Zeida said in a statement.
It also demonstrates solidarity with Palestinians in the occupied city, and calls for Arab support for Jerusalem, he added.
Palestinians from all political factions, including rivals Hamas and Fatah, will be united in the march, the spokesman said, adding: "We need this march in light of the division."
Minister of Interior Fathi Hamad and general director of internal security Salah al-Din Abu Sharekh have ordered preparations to secure the rally, including facilitating traffic control, said ministry official Mohammad Khalaf.
Khalaf told Ma'an the demonstrations would end in a secure zone far from the border with Israel.
Simultaneous marches are planned in dozens of European and Arab cities. more