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Teen killed in Gaza protest marking Nakba
Published today (updated) 15/05/2011 19:32 GAZA CITY (Ma'an) --
An unidentified 18-year-old was killed and 125 others injured by
Israeli fire during a march of Palestinians in Gaza toward the
separation fence and Erez border with Israel on Sunday.
group, estimated to number almost 1,000, marched in commemoration of the
Palestinian expulsion from homes and villages in 1948 that accompanied
the declaration of the state of Israel. The march began in the northern
Gaza town of Beit Hanoun toward the Israeli border.
A medic told
AFP that several hundred people had bypassed a Hamas checkpoint just
south of the border, and came within a few hundred meters of a concrete
border barrier installed by Israel near the Erez checkpoint when shots
Medical officials also said there were 40 injured by
what was described as "poison gas," which officials said was dispersed
in canisters toward protesters. They said the gas was not the usual
tear-gas deployed by the military, and was causing serious respiratory
Protesters calling for the right of return to
their homes in what is now Israel, identified an Israeli patrol car, and
began throwing stones and condemning Israel's continued siege on the
coastal enclave, which is populated by mostly refugees.
Teenagers began throwing stones at an Israeli tank, which opened fire
An Israeli military statement said "Soldiers fired
in a controlled manner in the direction, and towards the legs of the
leading rioters, in order to disperse them and prevent them from
entering Israeli territory. A number of rioters were injured as a
Medics told Ma'an that at least 82 demonstrators were
injured by artillery shells and gunfire. The injured were mostly
children, and some were critically injured, medical officials said. One
journalist was also injured. They were taken by ambulances to hospitals
in the northern Gaza Strip.
The day, known as Yom An-Nakba in
Arabic, commemorates the "Day of Catastrophe," when the state of Israel
was created, turning an estimated 800,000 Palestinians into refugees.
Most of the people who fled to the Gaza Strip in 1948 were from
the city of Jaffa, south of what is now Tel Aviv, and the towns and
villages between Jaffa and Gaza City, as well as from areas in Beersheba
and the Negev.
Estimates from the UN's refugee agency said some
200,000 refugees fled to the Gaza Strip. The refugee population now
numbers 1.1 million there, three quarters of the population.
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