Dozens arrested in eastern Jerusalem on Nakba Day

08:54, May 16, 2011      

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An Israeli soldier fires tear gas canister to Palestinian demonstrators in a refugee camp near East Jerusalem, May 15, 2011. About 10 people were killed and 160 others wounded in the clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza Strip, southern Lebanon and Golan Heights during the demonstration to mark al-Nakba Day when thousands of Palestinians were forced to leave their homes during the Arab-Israeli war in 1948. (Xinhua/Yuan Zhenyu)

Dozens were arrested on Sunday in separate incidents in East Jerusalem, as Arab Israelis and Palestinians marked the "Nakba Day".

The biggest arrest took place in the East Jerusalem village of Isawiyah. "Protesters in Isawiyah were hurling rocks at the police this afternoon," Micky Rosenfeld, Israel Police spokesman told Xinhua, "and we arrested 36 of them because of the disturbances they were causing."

Four police officers were wounded in conflicts with the demonstrators, Rosenfeld added.

In another incident earlier in the day, masked men threw Molotov cocktails at the police in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tur, leading to the arrest of a Palestinian man. Police also arrested three men in another neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

Rosenfeld said that "we are still in very high alert on Sunday, and for the next three days as well, since we foresee more riots in the upcoming days."

Israeli police and army have been placed on maximum alert for Sunday's commemoration of "Nakba Day," an annual event in which Palestinians and Israeli Arabs mourn the disaster Palestinians suffered during the Arab-Israeli war in 1948.

Close to 10,000 police and other security forces are deployed throughout the country, particularly in mixed Jewish-Arab areas, to quell possible disturbances.

Source: Xinhua

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