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Palestinians mark 65 years since Nakba | Morning Star, Press TV, Al Jazeera

Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank today during demonstrations to mark 65 years since the Nakba, or catastrophe, in which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were forced from their villages.

Israeli forces fired tear gas at protesters outside a refugee camp near the West Bank city of Hebron and at a prison near Ramallah, leaving several Palestinians injured.

Families of Palestinian prisoners and thousands of activists rallied in front of the UN building in Ramallah.

nakba-2013Representatives of the families handed in a letter signed by thousands of Palestinians urging the international community to press Israel to release the prisoners.

They also held up placards with the names of villages depopulated in 1948 and old keys, the symbols of their lost homes.

For more on this story, visit: Palestinians mark 65 years since Nakba / World / Britain/World / Home – Morning Star.

The demonstration on Thursday, May 16, in Pakistan’s capital coincided with the ‘Down with the US’ day in the country, which is held annually to protest against Israel’s acts of aggression and the US interference in the affairs of the Muslim ummah.

For more on this story, visit: PressTV – Pakistanis mark Nakba Day in Islamabad.

Palestinians are marking the 65th anniversary of the Nakba, when hundreds of thousands of Arabs were forced out of their homes and into exile.

Sirens were sounded for 65 seconds and demonstrations took place at midday local time in Ramallah, Nablus, Tulkarem, Qalqilya, Bethlehem and Jericho to mark the day.

In Jerusalem, at around 11am people started to gather and then at 11.30am they walked from Manara Square with marching bands, Jane Ferguson reported. This was followed by speeches by officials and a concert.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were forced from their villages during the war that established Israel in 1948, an event they commemorate every year as their Nakba Day, Arabic for “catastrophe”.

For more on this story, visit: Palestinians mark 65th anniversary of Nakba – Middle East – Al Jazeera English.

 

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