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6 injured, 4 arrested as Israeli forces attack Jerusalem Nakba rally

May 15, 2014 10:01 P.M. (Updated: May 17, 2014 11:34 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police dispersed a rally marking the 66th anniversary of the Nakba in East Jerusalem on Thursday afternoon, injuring six and detaining four protestors.

The rally came as protests erupted across the West Bank and Gaza as thousands turned out to commemorate the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from what became the state of Israel in 1948.

Israeli forces arrested four Palestinian protesters at the East Jerusalem protest including Yasser Qaws, Ismail al-Khatib, Abed Barbar, as well as a fourth person who was not identified.

Witnesses on the scene said that Israeli forces pushed and shoved participants, injuring six people including lawmaker Jihad Abu Zaneed and medic Nidal Abu Gharbia.

Medics told Ma'an that three people were taken to hospitals for treatment following the dispersal by Israeli police forces.

During the protest, participants raised black flags with "Alll Palestine is ours" written on them, Palestinian flags, and flags with the "key of return" printed on them.

An Israeli police spokesman said in a statement that five "Arab suspects" had been arrested at the scene," but denied that there were any injuries.

He added that "stones were thrown at officers."

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