By Middle East Affairs
Today marks the day of the 70th anniversary of Palestine’s nakbah, when 700,000 refugees fled their homes after Isreal’s independence.
The protests nicknamed the Great Return, a reference to Palestinians’ great desire for independence, conclude Tuesday, with five Palestinians killed including an eight-month infant named Leila Anwar Ghandoor, and another 80 injured in Gaza by Israel’s military forces.
Numbers Tuesday were lower than Monday, as many protestors went to the mourning tents to pay their respects to the Palestinians that were killed in Monday’s massacre.
“With souls and blood we redeem you, martyrs,” mourners shouted.
In Gaza, hundreds of Palestinians marched in the funeral of eight-month-old Leila al-Ghandour, whose body was wrapped in a Palestinian flag.
“Let her stay with me, It is too early for her to go,” her mother cried, pressing the baby’s body to her chest.
Tuesday afternoon in East Gaza, up right Palestinians could hardly be seen, as many protestors, as 100 lay on the ground suffocating from the tear gas deployed by Israel’s military.
Out of the 80 injured, 10 were by a live bullet whose purpose when fired is to kill, 20 by a rubber bullet and 50 from tear gas. The injured include three journalists, two of who are Palestinian and one foreign journalist. Their injuries occurred in Gaza and the West Bank.
Tuesday also saw the injuring of one medic who was on the scene to treat the many othered injured Palestinians who were suffering from Israeli attacks.
In Ramallah, in the West Bank, violent confrontations led by Israel began in the morning hours just as commemoration events marking the 70th anniversary of the Nakba took place.
Palestinian youth took to the streets to set fire to rubber tires, to blockade roads and to throw stones at the Israeli military in the northern entrance to Al-Bireh, opposite of Beit El.
Israel’s military responded by firing live bullets and tear gas canisters at the Palestinians that had gathered. This resulted in the injury of 7 children with rubber-coated metal bullets. One of which was described as a moderate injury.
A reporter on the scene reported that young people were suffocating from the gas bombs that soldiers fired as they stormed the entrance to the city. The gas bombs intensified in frequency, as an aircraft throwing tear gas bombs, was launched.
Throughout the West Bank, 30 Palestinians were arrested.
Journalist Omar Adel was hit by a gas grenade in the east of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza strip.
A young man was wounded by Israeli bullets east of Al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza. Another young Palestinian man was shot by Israel’s military in “Abu Safeya”, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Palestine, Ashraf al-Qadra, said Naser Ahmed Mahmoud Ghorab, 51 years old was killed with a live bullet in the east of al-Bureij in the central of the Gaza strip.
Ghorab was a resident of al-Nuseirat of Gaza. He was shot in the chest when he was in al-Ma’ada al-Farid refugee camp. He was taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah.
Tuesday afternoon Palestinians were able to shoot down with a slingshot two drones filled with tear gas and gasoline that Israel had sent to suffocate and weaken protestors and to burn the surroundings.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh flashes the “V” for victory sign on Tuesday as he visits one of the areas where demonstrators met.
The village of Nabi Saleh and Deir Nizam, northwest of Ramallah, has seen conflict since the morning after dozens of youth threw stones at the military tower, located east of the village.
Israeli military patrols and soldiers attacked near the village with fired tear gas and rubber bullets, injuring two young people.
The iron gate on the eastern entrance was closed by Israel, and the nearby iron gate leading to the villages and towns of Bani Zeid was also shut down.
A burning house in Ni’lin, west of Ramallah was reported after Israeli forces dropped sound bombs inside.
The clashes broke out near al-Janan a neighborhood, east of al-Bireh, opposite Psagot. The Israeli military forces fired live bullets, injuring a young man with live bullets in the foot.
In the village of Badras Gharba, Palestinians set up a return camp where Palestinians could return to for the evening call to prayer.
The Israeli military fired a drone inside the village and deployed military patrols along the separation fence.
On Tuesday afternoon, a young man was wounded by live bullets in a confrontation between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in Bab al-Zawiya in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
Israeli soldiers fired live bullets at one of the children. The child was transferred to the Hebron government hospital. Meanwhile, clashes broke out at the entrance to the northern town of Halhul.
Journalist Nabil Qandil was hit by a tear gas canister during clashes on the northern entrance to Al- Bireh.
In Bethlehem, clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, during which dozens of citizens were suffocated.
In the clashes, a number of Palestinian were suffocated by tear gas bombs. A Palestinian journalist Musa al-Sha’er was hit by a rubber-coated metal bullet in his back while reporting on the scene.
In addition, clashes broke out with the Israeli forces in the town of Taqu’a, east of Bethlehem. At the same time, Israeli military deployed in several areas in Hebron and Bethlehem including the Al-‘Arroub refugee camp and Al-Fawwar refugee camp.