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Palestinians commemorate 1948 ‘Catastrophe’

Monitoring Desk

RAMALLAH: Palestinians took to the streets of the occupied West Bank on Tuesday to mark the passage of 70 years since Israel’s establishment in 1948 — an event they refer to as the “Nakba” or “The Catastrophe”.

Waving Palestinian and black flags, hundreds of demonstrators marched through Ramallah to Israel’s Beit El military checkpoint north of the city.

As they marched, demonstrators waved banners bearing the text of UN General Assembly Resolution 194 (1948), which confirmed the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in historical Palestine.

Israeli forces deployed at the checkpoint dispersed demonstrators with teargas, rubber bullets and live ammunition.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC), 30 Palestinian marchers were injured by rubber bullets while 23 others were affected by exposure to teargas.

In the West Bank cities of Hebron and Bethlehem, meanwhile, one demonstrator was injured by live ammunition while 13 others were hurt by rubber bullets, the PRC said in a statement.

And in the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank, one Palestinian protester was reportedly injured by live ammunition, while five others were struck by rubber bullets.

A Palestinian man was martyred on Tuesday after being shot in the head by Israeli troops near the Gaza Strip’s eastern border amid ongoing protests against the Israeli occupation.

According to Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesman for the Palestinian Health Ministry, Nasser Ahmed Mahmoud Ghorab, 51, was shot and killed by Israeli forces deployed along the fraught Gaza-Israel border.

On Monday, at least 61 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip by Israeli army cross-border gunfire during protests against the relocation of Washington’s Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

 

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