TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Israeli forces injured 65 protestors as thousands of Palestinians staged massive protests along the Gaza border and the West Bank to mark the 71st anniversary of Nakba (catastrophe) Day, which commemorates the displacement of Palestinians in 1948.
During the massive demonstration along the Gaza border on Wednesday, the Palestinian leaders reiterated that the US’ so-called “deal of the century” plan is doomed to failure, adding that they would never relinquish their rights, including “the right of return” to their homeland.
Despite the peaceful nature of the protests, the Israeli regime forces attacked the Palestinians and injured 65 people, including several aid workers, according to local reports.
Speaking at the demonstration, Khalil al-Hayya, a member of the political bureau of Hamas, said the Palestinian nation will never accept displacement and “an alternative homeland”.
The main West Bank rally was held in Ramallah City, in the central occupied West Bank, during which Palestinians marched towards the city center, holding up placards, Palestinian flags, and black flags as a symbol of mourning for Nakba Day.
They also carried keys signifying their determination to return to their original homelands, now occupied by Israel, which they were forced out from in 1948.
Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Ishtayeh, as well as members of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Fatah Central Committee, political factions, and civic leaders, participated in the mass march.
Nakba Day is generally commemorated by the Palestinians on May 15. It is an annual day of commemoration of the displacement that preceded and followed the Israeli occupation in 1948.