|[ 15/05/2011 - 06:58 PM ]|
RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- Medics have put the count of those injured during Nakba Day protests in Ramallah and Al-Bireh in Ramallah province at 150.
20 of them were injured critically, 30 were hit by gunfire, and dozens suffered severe breathing difficulties after inhaling tear gas, sources in the Ramallah central hospital have said.
Dozens have been arrested by Israeli special units.
Witnesses said that the most volatile clashes took place at the Kalandia military crossing south of Ramallah, the main entrance leading to Jerusalem.
Violent clashes erupted there as Israeli soldiers opened fire at Palestinians.
Several areas across the West Bank are inflamed with clashes as Israel has deployed more than ten thousand soldiers and imposed a tight military cordon on the West Bank.
Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets on Sunday in Ramallah to mark the 63rd Nakba Day carrying Palestinian flags and banners emphasizing the right of Palestinian refugees to return.
The march began at the tomb of late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat and headed for Manara Square downtown Ramallah, where vast ceremonies were held.
Palestinian Info Center