Marches continue across the Middle East to mark the Israeli seizure of the Palestinian lands as well as its expulsion and killing of thousands of Palestinians.
The thousands-strong rallies entered their second day on Saturday. Marchers gathered in the Gaza Strip, the occupied West Bank and Lebanon, marking the 62nd anniversary of the May 15, 1948 Nakba Day or ‘the day of the catastrophe,’ the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.
The Israeli war forced more than 800,000 out of 1.4 million Palestinians "out of their homeland to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, neighboring Arab countries and the remaining countries of the world," said the Palestine Central Bureau of Statistics in a demographic report.
Last year records by the United Nations revealed that currently some 4.7 million Palestinians, less than half of their entire population, lived in refugee camps at home or abroad.
The Saturday demos are also expected to condemn Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, al-Quds (East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip in 1967.