Saturday clashes near Qalandiya
Photo: AP

Palestinians mark 'Nakba Day'

Thousands gather in Ramallah square to mark Palestinian day of mourning over Israel's inception, begin marching after 63-second siren is sounded across West Bank. Officer lightly injured in Jerusalem, Molotov cocktails hurled at Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital

Thousands of Palestinians are taking part in a march marking "Nakba Day" in Ramallah while riots continue in Jerusalem.


Meanwhile, police are investigating a possible terror attack in Tel Aviv after a truck hit some 15 vehicles and caused the death of one person.


A 63-second siren was sounded across the West Bank at 12 pm, marking the 63 years that have passed since Israel declared independence.

Suspect arrested in Issawiya (Photo: Reuters)


Thousands of people gathered at Ramallah's Manara square waving Palestinian flags as well as black flags. Several protestors burned Israeli flags. Concerts are talking place in the square and Palestinian senior officials are scheduled to speak before the crowds.


Meanwhile, heavy security forces presence is felt in the West Bank. The forces are hoping to prevent spontaneous marches from reaching checkpoints.


An officer was lightly injured in Issawiya after protestors hurled stones at police and Border Guard forces. He was treated on site. Three suspects were arrested. Three Molotov cocktails were hurled at the back gate of the Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital in Jerusalem. No injuries or damage were reported.


Hundreds of Palestinians also gathered at the Qalandiya checkpoint in northern Jerusalem and clashed with IDF soldiers. The IDF said that dozens of protestors were hurling stones. The army responded with crowd dispersal means. No injuries were reported.


Earlier on Sunday, Hamas PM in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh launched "Nakba Day" events in a Gaza mosque.


"We hope to bring to an end the Zionist project in Palestine," he told about 10,000 people at the mosque.


Omri Efraim contributed to this report



פרסום ראשון: 05.15.11, 12:57
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