The Palestinian Hamas announced on Wednesday that the “March of Return” protests taking place each Friday since March 30, 2018, will be scaled down in 2020, because Egyptian-brokered understandings with Israel are making progress. The protest this Friday will be the last until March 30, 2020, recurring thereafter once a month and on special occasions. Those protests were marked by extreme violence, with explosives, rocks and firebombs hurled at IDF soldiers, sniping and attempts to storm the border fence. The soldiers broke up the disturbances with rubber bullets, tear gas and live ammunition. More than 200 Palestinians were killed and thousands injured in nearly two years.