TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Thousands in abandoned village of Khubbayza commemorated the 71st anniversary of Nakba day that forced Palestinians from their homes in the lead-up to the establishment of the Israeli regime in 1948.

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The ‘march of return’ took place at 1:30pm local time Thursday north of the Palestinian occupied lands (Israel) and a festival was held in Khubbayza itself afterwards.

Thousands, including a number of palestinian politicians, attended the march, which was organized by the Association for the Defense of the Rights for the Internally Displaced Persons. The march also continued on Friday in the village of Khubbayza with the moto of “Gaza is the Land of Glory”.

“For more than 25 years, we have been defending the right of return and consolidating it through the annual march, which is gaining increasing public momentum, reinforcing our belief in our Palestinian presence and confirming our rejection of all alternatives,” the Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Displaced said, Arab48 reported.

Khubbayza was raided by Jewish forces a few weeks after the 1948 war and was later razed by the Jewish Nation Fund. It remains unpopulated today and is surrounded by fields.

Palestinians and their supporters march for the right to return to the lands they lost amid the establishment of Israel when at least 760,000 Palestinians became displaced, and the homes lost by those who were displaced in the 1967 war.

The anniversary of the Nakba is May 15.