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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday May 15th, 2014.
Two Palestinian civilians killed, scores were injured as Israeli troops attack Nakab day protests across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Two Palestinian civilians were killed, scores others injured, on Thursday when Israeli soldiers attacked protests organized in the West Bank and Gaza marking the 66th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, catastrophe in English.
Palestinian medical sources have reported that two Palestinians have been killed and several others injured by Israeli army fire, after soldiers attacked a nonviolent protest with live rounds near the Ofer Prison, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.
The two slain Palestinians have been identified as Nadim Nuwwara, 17, from the al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiyya village, northwest of Ramallah, and Mohammad Abu Thaher, 20, from Ramallah.
Witnesses said that the Israeli army sharpshooters targeted the protesters, killing the two Palestinians and wounding several others.
In southern West Bank Israeli troops used tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets to attack Nakba protests in Bethlehem and Hebron. At least eleven Palestinians were injured in Hebron.
In Bethlehem, people gathers in the Al Walaja village, that was first destroyed in 1948 and residents were forced to live in lands they owned inside the West Bank.
Israeli troops attacked the unarmed protesters using tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets. Five were reported injured by Israeli troops’ gunfire.
In Jerusalem, dozens of Israeli soldiers and police officers attacked Palestinians nonviolently protesting, marking the 66th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba of 1948, and kidnapped four young men.
Meanwhile in the Gaza Strip, political groups and local NGOs organized a number of protests that marched to the borders of the Gaza Strip with Israel.
Nakba Day, Day of the Catastrophe, is generally commemorated on 15 May. During the 1948 establishment of Israel in historical Palestine, an estimated 700,000 Palestinians r were expelled, and hundreds of Palestinian towns and villages were depopulated and destroyed.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday May 15th, 2014 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our websiteatwww.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.