Hundreds clash with Israeli security forces during Nabka

Arab-Israel Relations Materials 15 May 2012 17:10 (UTC +04:00)

Hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in the West Bank and East Jerusalem Tuesday as Arabs marked the Nabka, which means catastrophe and marks the anniversary of Israel's creation dpa reported

At least 20 protesters were treated for tear gas inhalation, witnesses said.

Israeli soldiers and police used riot dispersal tools against stone-throwing protesters at Qalandia, a main checkpoint on the outskirts of Ramallah, in Hebron, on the southern West Bank, and at Rachel's tomb, a holy site believed to contain the remains of the Biblical matriarch, outside Bethlehem, a military spokeswoman in Tel Aviv told dpa.

She said at least 150 rioted at each of the flashpoints. In East Jerusalem, police arrested four people, including one minor, after Palestinian youths blocked roads in the Issawiya neighbourhood, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told dpa.