Nakba Day Marked With Rioting, Rock Throwing and Rally
Some Palestinians marked Nakba Day with riots and rock throwing, while a rally in Ramallah drew thousands and later turned violent.
Palestinians on Tuesday rioted and threw rocks at Israeli troops near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, at the Kalandiya checkpoint and at Rachel’s Tomb near Bethlehem. Several Palestinian rioters were arrested.
In Ramallah’s central Clock Square, thousands of Palestinians rallied at noon as a siren sounded to commemorate the Nakba, or catastrophe, referring to Israel’s foundation in 1948 as a state. A similar rally was scheduled to be held in Gaza.
The Palestinian news service Ma’an reported that more than 60 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli forces following a march from the Ramallah rally to the Ofer detention center, and another 20 at Kalandiya. Israeli forces used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters.
On Tuesday morning, a rocket fired from Gaza struck southern Israel, bit did not cause any injuries or damage.
The Palestinian Authority reportedly declared a general strike, and the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee declared a strike in Israel’s Arab sector to mark the day. .