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In Photos: Thousands of Palestinians commemorate Nakba in Ramallah City

May 15, 2019 2:46 P.M. (Updated: May 17, 2019 10:56 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Palestinians took part in marking the 71st anniversary of Nakba Day or “catastrophe,” which coincides on May 15th, re-focuses the world’s attention on the 750,000 Palestinians displaced during and after the establishment of the state of Israel, and the more than five million Palestinians who remain refugees as they wait to return to their lands in Israel.

The main West Bank rally was held in Ramallah City, in the central occupied West Bank, during which Palestinians gathered at the grave of the late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, from where thousands marched towards the city center, holding up placards, Palestinian flags, and black flags as a symbol of mourning for Nakba Day.
Palestinians carried keys signifying their determination to return to their original homelands, now in present-day 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.
At 12 p.m., Palestinians stood in silence as sirens sounded for 71 seconds symbolizing the 71 years of the Palestinian catastrophe.

Many rallies commemorating the 71st anniversary of the Nakba were also held in other West Bank cities and towns.

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