Palestinians held protests across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Sunday to mark the 74th anniversary of the Nakba, or Catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes after the state of Israel was formed. At least 16 Palestinians were injured in the West Bank city of al-Bireh when Israeli forces attacked a Nakba Day protest. The Palestine Red Crescent Society said seven Palestinians were shot by live ammunition, three others by rubber-coated steel bullets.
Meanwhile, Israel is facing international condemnation after Israeli forces attacked mourners on Friday at the funeral of the Palestinian American Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot dead while covering an Israeli raid in the Jenin refugee camp. A spokesperson for U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “deeply disturbed” by what happened at the funeral.