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Israeli forces attack Palestinians marking Land Day

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This photo shows a Palestinian man carrying the flag of Palestine during a protest in front of Ofer prison, southwest of Ramallah city in the occupied West Bank while Israeli forces fire tear gas on March 30, 2016.

Israeli forces have violently cracked down on a sit-in by Palestinians commemorating the 40th anniversary of Palestine’s Land Day.

On Wednesday, Israeli forces fired tear gas at protesters in front of Ofer prison, southwest of Ramallah City in the occupied West Bank.

Dozens of Palestinians also suffered suffocation as the Israeli forces suppressed a protest in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus using tear gas and pepper spray.

Hundreds of people also marched in Gaza Strip to commemorate the annual Land day.

Senior Fatah leader, Zakariyya al-Agha, addressed Gaza's rally, saying, "The martyrs who fell on that day embodied national unity," in reference to the six unarmed Palestinians gunned down 40 years ago.

"As the Palestinian people mark Land Day, they are still facing an (Israeli) policy based on ethnic cleansing and land confiscation, and the Netanyahu government continues with its racist plans to deport the Palestinians and build Israeli settlements and separation walls," he added.

People in the Palestinian towns and cities, within the so-called Green Line, the 1948 occupied territories, also held a general strike on the same occasion with a march planned in Negev.

On Tuesday, activists in Gaza launched a campaign to plant trees along the border fence between the coastal strip and the territories occupied in 1948.

The anniversary comes as the Israeli regime has been seizing large tracts of land in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Land Day is an annual event to mark the killing of six Palestinians by Israeli forces during mass protests at Israel’s seizure of their land in 1976.

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