Lieberman Warns Gaza Protesters: 'Hamas Is Playing With Your Lives'

'Anyone who comes close to the [border] fence today puts himself at risk. I suggest to you to continue your lives and not participate in a provocation,' Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman writes in Arabic on his Twitter account

FILE PHOTO: Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his delegation listen in Washington, October 19, 2017.
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Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman wrote to Gaza residents in Arabic on his official Twitter account Friday morning ahead of the "March of Return,"  a series of mass protests planned along the border between Gaza and Israel. 

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"The leadership of Hamas is playing with your lives. Anyone who comes close to the [border] fence today puts himself at risk. I suggest to you to continue your lives and not participate in a provocation,” Lieberman wrote. 

Palestinians have also reportedly been receiving text messages from the Israeli army warning them not to participate in the mass Gaza protests.

Backed by the Hamas government in Gaza, Palestinians intend to establish several tent camps housing thousands near the border. Thousands of Palestinians will camp out near the fence until Nakba Day in mid-May, with weekly demonstrations on Fridays.

A Palestinian farmer was killed early Friday morning; another was wounded by Israeli tank shell, and is in critical condition.