(photo credit:Marc Israel Sellem)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in a televised address to mark Nakba Day that those killed in clashes with the IDF on Sunday were martyrs to the Palestinian cause.
"Their precious blood will not be wasted. It was spilt for the sake of our nation's freedom," Abbas said.
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At least one Syrian national was killed by IDF gunfire when Nakba Day protesters tried to infiltrate Israel's border on Sunday. In similar
clashes along the Lebanese border, conflicting reports spoke of between 3
and 10 people killed, while the IDF said that most and possibly all of
the casualties were caused by the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). At the
same time, scores of Palestinians attacked IDF soldiers at the Kalandiya
border crossing between Ramallah and Jerusalem with stones and gasoline
bombs. In the Gaza Strip, one Palestinian was killed and at least 80
others were wounded when thousands of Palestinians marched toward IDF
troops at the Nahal Oz and Erez border crossings, sources in Gaza City
A spokesman for Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Sami Abu Zuhri, addressed the
events of Nakba Day, calling Sunday "a turning point in the Israeli-Arab
conflict" that proved the Palestinian people and Arabs were committed
to ending Israeli occupation.
Hezbollah condemned the "Israeli aggression on unarmed civilians in
Maroun al-Ras and in the Golan, which constitutes a dangerous violation
of human rights," said Hezbollah lawmaker Hassan Fadlallah who was
participating at a pro-Palestinian Nakba Day protest in Maroun al-Ras,
"The resistance movement in Lebanon (Hezbollah) will continue to be an
advocate for Palestinian national rights and calls on everyone to stand
united in confronting Israeli occupation."
"What happened today in Maroun al-Ras and in the Golan is an embodiment
of the will of the Palestinian people who are committed to the right of
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