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Clashes erupt as Palestinians mark Nakba day

Thousands of Palestinians take to the streets in rallies and protests to mark Nakba Day. May 15 is commemorated annually to mourn the displacement of Palestinians and the dispossession of Palestinian land that accompanied the founding of Israel in 1948. Many of those marching in the demonstration held up keys that symbolised the homes they lost when they fled or were forced to flee. This protester says that after 65 years the Palestinian people still want to go back to their lands. Sporadic violence erupted across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, as stone-throwing Palestinian youths faced up to Israeli soldiers firing rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades. Some 700,000 people were forced from their homes when Israel was created, but now as many as 5 million refugees and their descendants live in nearby countries. Their hopes for a return are one of the thorniest issues in efforts to create a Palestinian state.

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