Thousands of Palestinians marched on Thursday commemorating the 53rd anniversary of the Kafr Qasem Massacre, which was carried out by the Israeli forces in 1956. On October 29, 1956, The Israeli Armed Forces, known as MAGAV, rounded up 49 Arab workers who were on their way to their town, and shot them dead under the claim that they broke the curfew.

Israeli sources reported Thursday that the attack was part of a plan targeting several Palestinian and Arab towns and villages in an attempt to forcibly evacuate the Arabs from the area.

On Thursday, thousands marched in Kafr Qasem and headed towards the monument commemorating the slain residents.

Head of the Kafr Qasem local council, the granddaughter of one of the victims and several other bereaved residents delivered speeches commemorating the massacre.

Several Arab leaders, Arab members of Knesset, Archbishop Attalla Hanna of the Greek Orthodox Church and several political and social figures, also delivered speeches commemorating the slain residents