Nakba Day: Clashes Erupt as Palestinians Mark 71st Anniversary of ‘Catastrophe’ (VIDEO)

Clashes have erupted in the West Bank and Gaza, as Palestinians marked the 71st anniversary of Nakba Day. (Photo: File)

Clashes have erupted as Palestinians marked the 71st anniversary of Nakba Day with demonstrations and marches across the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, putting Israel on edge amid Eurovision song contest festivities. 

The clashes broke out between hundreds of Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers along the eastern fence separating besieged Gaza Strip from Israel on Wednesday.

Medics said three Palestinians were wounded by Israeli soldiers during the violence. Witnesses said the soldiers showered the demonstrators with foul-smelling water and also fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets to disperse them and keep them away from the fence.

“Nakba,” or catastrophe, commemorates the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were expelled in the war that led to the establishment of Israel in 1948.

The Hamas-run al-Aqsa radio station reported that thousands were expected to join the Nakba march in eastern Gaza, organized by the commission of the Great March of Return.

For over a year, Palestinians in Gaza have been holding weekly protests along the fence, calling for the right of return of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to the territory of today’s Israel, as well as for an end to a 12-year blockade imposed by Israel.

According to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, since the launch of the demonstrations, the Israeli army has shot and killed 305 Palestinian demonstrators, including 59 children and 10 women.

Residents in Gaza City on Wednesday also took part in a general strike to mark the day of mourning. A mass walkout was staged in the city, with shop-owners closing their businesses.

(Al Jazeera, PC, Social Media)

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1 Comment

  1. I am from Vancouver,Canada and I wanted to say that here in Vancouver on May the 19th we had a rally outside a liqueur store to protest the sale of Israeli Wine at this particular liqueur store.We handed out leaflets to many people passing by and spoke to people about the Israeli Occupation of Palestine and the crimes committed by the Israeli Gov’t against the Palestinian People.If it hadn’t been for the British Gov’t support of the Zionists in Palestine in the 1930s and 40s Israel wouldn’t have existed.British Imperialism in Palestine at the time made possible the Zionists massacres of Palestinians and later in the late 1940s US President Truman continued what the British Gov.t started.

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