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    A Palestinian demonstrator gestures during a protest marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank May 15, 2018

    Riots Break Out in Palestinian City of Ramallah Amid 70th Anniversary of Nakba

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    RAMALLAH (Palestine), (Sputnik) - Riots erupted Tuesday in Ramallah, the de facto capital of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), a Sputnik correspondent reported.

    May 15 marks the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian exodus that resulted from Israel's declaration of independence in 1948, called by Palestinians Nakba. Ahead of the anniversary, a series of deadly clashes took place between the Palestinians and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF); over 50 people were killed on Monday alone. In order to commemorate those killed on Monday, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas declared a three-day mourning period.

    Protesters wearing masks gathered near a checkpoint on the Israeli border and started burning tires.

    Other protesters threw stones at the IDF, while the Israeli troops responded with bullets and tear gas.

    Shops located in the vicinity of the checkpoint have closed and traffic flow has been disrupted.

    Several cars equipped with loudspeakers were seen moving across the town spreading calls to participate in the protests.

    For decades, Israel has been in conflict with the Palestinians, who have been seeking diplomatic recognition for their independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which are partially occupied by Israel, and the Gaza Strip. In recent months the situation escalated amid US decision to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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