GAZA, 25 AUG – A day of tension today in Gaza due to the imminence of a new Hamas demonstration – the second in recent days – near the border with Israel. This is a further effort to loosen the blockade on the Strip, now aggravated by the extension of the closure of the Rafah crossing with Egypt for the third consecutive day. During the night a Hamas militant, Osama Abu Duej (32 years old) died in a hospital in Gaza, hit on Saturday by Israeli military fire during serious riots that occurred close to the demarcation line. Hamas has appealed to its supporters to attend his funeral in the late morning and to converge in the locality of Malaka, east of Gaza City, in the afternoon for the protest against Israel. Demonstrators were instructed not to approach Israeli positions. But in fear of new incidents, the Israeli army yesterday brought reinforcements of armored vehicles and sharpshooters into the area. The Palestinian Iron Dome rocket defense batteries were also placed on alert. (HANDLE).