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Hebron: Settlers set fire to homes as residents mark Nakba

May 15, 2011 9:22 P.M. (Updated: May 16, 2011 1:19 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- While residents protested in the city center, settlers from the illegal settlement of Kiyrat Arba in Hebron threw four Molotov cocktails at a home adjacent to the settlement, setting it on fire.

Inside the home were 30 family members including women and children, observers from the European Temporary International Presence In Hebron teams said.

Home owner Abed Al-A Is’eifan's home was saved with the help of neighbors, his relative told Ma'an.

In Hebron's former downtown, now closed following the arrival of some 500 Israeli settlers since 1967, volunteers and Fatah officials organized a Hebron rally marking the 63rd anniversary of Nakba.

The rally marked the events of 1948 which saw the dispossession of some 800,000 Palestinians of their homes and villages.

More than 100 came out for the rally in the central city, where 200 black balloons were flown. Palestinians marking the day mourn the loss of homes and property that were left as families fled or forced out during fighting that lead to the creation of the sate of Israel.

Red Crescent medics said that one was treated for fractures after he was beaten by Israeli forces, nine were treated for wounds from rubber-coated bullets, and 18 were treated for tear-gas inhalation after Israeli forces quashed the protest.

Clashes were also reported between Israeli forces and protesters in the Al-Fawwar refugee camp south of Hebron, where half a dozen suffered tear-gas inhalation.

Hebron governor Kamel Ihmeid accompanied by the volunteers visited the wounded in hospital.

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