(Photos: Dylan Collins)
Nakba 2012: Ramallah Remembers
Thousands gathered in Ramallah’s Clock Square today, 15 March 2012, to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the Nakba.
After a Palestinian Authority (PA) sponsored festival, complete with political speeches and traditional singing and dancing, a large portion of the crowd descended upon Israel’s Ofer prison, in the Betunia district of Ramallah.
Over 500 demonstrators had assembled outside the prison gates when they were forcefully repelled by Israeli armed forces using substantial amounts of tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets.
Red Crescent paramedics estimate over 85 people were treated for noxious gas inhalation and/or direct strikes from either gas canisters or rubber bullets. Some protesters were hit in the head with rubber bullets during the demonstration.