Kalandiya Nakba Day 311.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)
Hundreds of Palestinians were marching from Ramallah to the Kalandiya
Crossing near Jerusalem to mark Nakba Day on Sunday, Army Radio
The demonstrators threw stones at security forces who responded with tear gas and stun grenades.
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Three Palestinians were arrested in the incident.
Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported that 55 protesters were injured in clashes with the IDF and evacuated by ambulance.
Earlier on Sunday, Palestinian medics reported that some 45 Palestinian
Nakba Day protesters were wounded when the IDF opened fire on the Gaza
border. The protesters had approached the border in northern Gaza.
Four Palestinians were arrested during a Nakba Day protest near
Bethlehem on Sunday as well. Protests were also underway in Beit Omar
and Nebi Salah, and three Nakba Day demonstrators were arrested in the
east Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya for throwing stones. Police
forces, with the aid of a helicopter, managed to disperse the
stone-throwers who fled into the village. There were no reports of
injuries in the incident.
In addition, Molotov cocktails were thrown at Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus, lightly injuring one policeman.
Also in east Jerusalem, an 18-year-old Israeli man was injured when
stones were thrown at his car in A-Tur. A masked man in A-Tur was
arrested after throwing a Molotov cocktail.
Police reported a total of 36 protesters arrested in Nakba Day
demonstrations. Four policemen were injured in the various incidents.
Nearly 10,000 border police officers were stationed throughout the
country in cities with Arab and Jewish populations and areas where
conflict was expected in light of Nakba Day. Police were asked to show
restraint and not release live fire, unless there was a real threat to
Increased security in east Jerusalem and surrounding areas was expected to continue for the next few days.
Tensions rose in east Jerusalem this weekend following the shooting
death of a Palestinian youth during a riot in the capital’s Silwan
At police headquarters in Jerusalem on Saturday evening, Insp.-Gen.
Yochanan Danino spoke with intelligence officials and commanders from
the Border Police, the Operations Branch and the Jerusalem district, and
drew up final plans for Sunday.