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Palestinians protests along Israeli borders, are shot

Today was Nakba day, which is the word Palestinians use to refer to their expulsion when Israel declared statehood.  So in all of the places where Palestinians live, there were protests.  Some of these protests became marches to the border.  Those who passed Arab checkpoints and entered the neutral zone before the Israeli checkpoint were fired on.  The death count is low, although the injury count is high, according to Al Jazeera.

At least one Palestinian was killed and up to 80 others wounded in northern Gaza as Israeli troops opened fire on a march of at least 1,000 people heading towards the Erez crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

The article also reports that a 22 year old Palestinian drove his truck into a group of cars, killing one Israeli man.

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the events of “Nakba Day” in a televised statement on Sunday, particualrly referring to attempts to infiltrate Israel’s borders with Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, saying “we are determined to defend our borders”.

Netanyahu said that he instructed Israeli forces to act with restraint, but to stop all attempts at infiltration and challenges to Israel’s sovereignty.

He said that the “Nakba Day” protesters were not fighting for the 1967 borders as they claim, but were denying Israel’s right to exist.

“We must understand who and what we are up against,” Netanyahu said.

Earlier on Sunday Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of Hamas-controlled Gaza, repeated the group’s call for the end of the state of Israel.

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