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Middle East

West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem mark Arab defeat in Six-Day War

media Palestinian protesters hold flags in front of Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's … Reuters/Baz Ratner

Protests across the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem marked “Naksa Day” Tuesday, commemorating the displacement of Palestinians that occurred after Israel’s victory in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Nine were injured when 150 people gathered at Ofer prison, west of Ramallah, to be met with tear gas, sound bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets.

One protester, who did not wish to be identified, explained how she felt about the reaction of the Israeli Defense Force to the protest:  “…this reaction, it’s normal for us. It’s nothing different than…everyday.”

Dossier: Gaza 2009

Dozens of Palestinians marched through East Jerusalem after being prevented from reaching the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli security forces, some of them mounted on horseback.

Hundreds also rallied at the UN headquarters in Gaza City.

Protesters were also angry at a perceived silence from Palestinian and Israeli authorities concerning two prisoners who yesterday reached their 79th and 55th day of hunger strikes in protest at the renewal of their administrative detention orders, a practice which permits detention without charge.

This year saw quieter protests than previously as no protests were held along Israel’s borders.

In 2011 Syrian activists claimed that 23 were killed and 350 wounded as they attempted to cross into Israel. The Israeli government claimed that the figure was exaggerated.

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