Jordan prevents activists from crossing Israeli borders on Nakba day

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Jordanian protestors run away amid the tear gas fired by the police while they are seeking to approach Jordan's border with Israeli-controlled West Bank during a demonstration at Karameh village, Jordan, May 15, 2011. Jordanian protestors clashed with the police during a demonstration on the 63rd anniversary of Nakba Day, when thousands of Palestinians were forced to leave their homes during the Arab-Israeli war in 1948. (Xinhua/Mohammad Abu Ghosh)

Jordanian forces on Sunday fired tear gas on demonstrators seeking to approach the Israeli-controlled border with the West Bank on the Palestinian Nakba day.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the Karameh village in the Jordan Valley to mark the 63th anniversary of the Nakba, expressing support for the Palestinian refugees' right of return.

The Nakba day, or "catastrophe day", is an annual Palestinian event to commemorate the displacement following the 1948 Palestine War, during which about 700,000 Palestinians were expelled or fled.

In Amman, scores of trade unionists and activists staged a sit-in near the United Nations office on the occasion. They stressed the right of the Palestinian refugees to return and reiterated their support for the creation of an independent Palestinian state on the Palestinian national soil.

The Palestinian refugees, who have been living in poor conditions in refugee camps on the Palestinian territories or Arab countries like Lebanon, Syria and Jordan since 1948, mark the Nakba day every year by rallies and protests for their right to return.

Source: Xinhua

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