Lebanon's Palestinian refugees lead Nakba Day march to border

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A woman holds a banner reading "The people want to return to Palestine" during the march to the southern Lebanese border marking the 65th commemoration of Nakba Day. (Photo: Al-Akhbar - Hassan Bahsoun)

Published Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hundreds of Palestinian refugees and their Lebanese supporters marched to the southern Lebanese town of Naqoura on March 13 to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the 1948 Nakba.

Organized by the Committee of the March to Return to Palestine, and led by several youth groups, the march began at the Rashidiyeh refugee camp in the southern city of Tyre, and headed towards the UNIFIL headquarters at the border of occupied Palestine.

Participants chanted slogans demanding their right to return to the lands and homes that were seized by Jewish immigrants.

Many carried large cut-outs of keys, the symbol of the right to return, and waved Palestinian flags.

Around 100 children and elderly from the camps joined the march on buses.

Representatives from Hezbollah, the Democratic Front and Islamic Jihad gave speeches at the gathering by the border in support of the refugees’ return.

The group handed a memorandum to the Secretary General of the UN demanding to be granted their legitimate right of return.

Wednesday marks the 65th anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, in which 750,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes in 1948 to flee a violent campaign to cleanse Palestine of non-Jews.

The official Nakba day is on May 15, where protesters around Palestine and other countries are expected to hold marches and protests.

The number of registered Palestinian refugees is currently over 5 million according to the UN refugee agency, making Palestinians the largest refugee population in the world.

(Al-Akhbar, NNA)


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