Burials And Protests In Gaza As Palestinians Mark ‘Nakba’

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Burials And Protests In Gaza As Palestinians Mark 'Nakba'

Palestinian demonstrator gestures during a protest marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, in the occupied West Bank.
Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

On May 15, Palestinians railed in Gaza for burials of people killed during the May 14 massive protests at the Gaza border, international news agency Reuters reported.

Israel deployed its troops along the border as further massive protests are expected on May 15. This day Palestinians mark the “Nakba” or “Catastrophe” commemoration day of their displacement from Israel, that followed the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948.

A general strike in Palestinian commerce and educational systems was declared in East Jerusalem in protest of the May 14 killings.

A number of Palestinians gathered at the Gaza-Israel border for Nakba protests. Israeli forces responded with teargas, live fire and rubber bullets, UK newspaper The Guardian reported.

After the May 14 clashes at the Gaza border, 60 Palestinian protesters were killed and over 2,771 were injured by Israeli forces. The demonstrations were held amid the US embassy inauguration in Jerusalem, which took place on the same day.

Israel and the US accused Hamas of being responsible “for these tragic deaths”. Turkey, Russia, Germany, the UK, France and Iran were heavily critical of Israel’s use of force.

According to Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad H. Mansour, nearly 100 Palestinians have been killed and more than 11,000 injured in protests along the Gaza border since the start of protests named “The Great March of Return” on March 30.

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