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Khaled al-Nairab, a 22-year-old from Gaza City, is from a generation of Gazans now finishing their education, who have spent their entire lives in the fenced-off territory. Their lives have been blighted by three major conflicts with Israel and infighting between Palestinian factions. Nairab and his peers are thrust into an economy with more than 70% youth unemployment, a healthcare system that has collapsed and a society in which people drink poisonous water and face relentless power cuts.
It is this situation that has driven thousands to protest along the Israeli frontier each Friday for almost a year. The protests have called for an easing of the blockade and also the right of return for Palestinians to ancestral homes in Israel. The Israeli army has responded by shooting more than 6,000 people and killing at least 180.