[News] 9 killed as Israeli forces attack Nakba marches on northern, southern and central borders
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Sun May 15 11:56:08 EDT 2011
9 killed as Israeli forces attack Nakba marches
on northern, southern and central borders
Sunday May 15, 2011 16:35
by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
An estimated four people were killed Sunday on
the Syria-Israel border, five killed on the
Lebanon-Israel border, 52 injured in Gaza, and at
least 24 injured in the West Bank as Israeli
forces attacked Palestinian refugees trying to
re-enter their former homes in what is now
Israel. The day of protests was a commemoration
of the Nakba or Catastrophe, the day when
Israel was created on Palestinian land 63 years ago.
The Israeli military confirmed firing at
protesters on the Israel-Syrian border, as
thousands of refugees tried to cross into the
Golan Heights a territory that was
traditionally Palestinian, but is now a disputed
territory claimed by both Israel and Syria. Many
Palestinians who lived in the area found their
towns and families split in half by the border.
Initial reports indicate that four people were
killed by Israeli gunfire on the Syrian border,
and dozens were wounded, as Palestinians crossed
dangerous unmapped minefields to cross into the
Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.
Thousands of Palestinian refugees in southern
Lebanon also tried to cross the border with
Israel Sunday morning, and were met with gunfire
from Israeli troops stationed at the border.
Local sources report that at least five people
were killed, and ten wounded by Israeli gunfire in the Maroun al-Ras area.
In Gaza, according to local sources, around 1,000
Palestinian refugees and supporters from the Gaza
Strip marched on the Erez border crossing between
Israel and the Gaza Strip, where they were fired
on by Israeli troops, injuring at least 52 people.
Palestinian refugees from the West Bank also
marched to the Qalandia checkpoint established by
Israeli forces as the main border crossing
between the West Bank and what is now Israel,
although Qalandias location is far east of the
internationally-agreed armistice line of 1967,
and indicates a possible land grab by Israel if
established as an actual border.
At least five Palestinian youth were injured when
Israeli forces fired live rounds at a group of
youth throwing stones during the largely peaceful
demonstration of several thousand people at
Qalandia. Dozens more were injured by
rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas inhalation.
In Issawiya, in east Jerusalem, Israeli forces
fired on a group of youth throwing stones during
a march held in that neighborhood. Four people were detained.
Elsewhere in the West Bank, students from Bir
Zeit university, near Ramallah, set tires on fire
as some youth threw stones at Israeli soldiers at the Atara checkpoint.
In al-Walaja village, a site known for
non-violent anti-Wall protests, several hundred
Palestinians, internationals and Israelis marched
to the site of Wall construction in the center of
the village at least five were detained three
internationals and two Palestinians.
At least 63 Palestinians have been detained by
Israeli forces at protests in the West Bank and Jerusalem since Friday.
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