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PHOTO GALLERY: Palestinians demand Right of Return on 69th anniversary of Nakba




Palestinians take part in a rally to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the "Nakba" in Gaza City, on May 15, 2017.
"Nakba" means in Arabic "catastrophe" in reference to the creation of the state of Israel 69-years-ago in British-mandate Palestine, which led to the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were driven out of their homes during the 1948 war. The key symbolises the homes left by Palestinians in 1948. (AFP)

A Palestinian girl attends a rally to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the "Nakba" in Gaza City, on May 15, 2017.
"Nakba" means in Arabic "catastrophe" in reference to the birth of the state of Israel 69-years-ago in British-mandate Palestine, which led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who either fled or were driven out of their homes during the 1948 war over Israel's creation. The key symbolises the homes left by Palestinians in 1948. (AFP)

Arab-Israelis men hold Palestinian flags during a protest to mark the right of return for refugees who fled their homes during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, near Acre in 1948 Palestine, May 2, 2017. The 1948 war followed the creation of Israel. (Reuters)

Palestinian women hold pictures of relatives held in Israeli jails during a protest to mark the right of return for refugees who fled their homes during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, near Acre in northern Israel, May 2, 2017. (Reuters)

A boy walks by graffiti of the Palestinian flags with Arabic reads: "The flag is four colors that shine on the face of the sun" in the Bourj al-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon. On Monday, Palestinians mark 69 years since hundreds of thousands of them were forced from their homes during the 1948 war that led to the creation of Israel. Palestinians in Lebanon suffer discrimination in nearly every aspect of daily life, feeding a desperation that is tearing their community apart. (AP)

A child, who is part of the Palestinian community in Mexico, holds a Palestine flag and a Mexico flag during an event in Mexico City to commemorate the 69th anniversary of what the Palestinians call the Nakba, or Catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands were forced to flee their homes in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that led to Israel's establishment, May 14, 2017. (Reuters)

A balloon with the Palestine flag is seen during an event in Mexico City to commemorate the 69th anniversary of what the Palestinians call the Nakba, or Catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands were forced to flee their homes in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that led to Israel's establishment, May 14, 2017. (Reuters)

A supporter of the Palestinian community in Mexico, takes part on an event in Mexico City to commemorate the 69th anniversary of what the Palestinians call the Nakba, or Catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands left or were forced to flee their homes in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that led to Israel's establishment, May 14, 2017. (Reuters)

Palestinians take part in a rally to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the "Nakba" in Gaza City, on May 15, 2017.
"Nakba" means in Arabic "catastrophe" in reference to the creation of the state of Israel 69-years-ago in British-mandate Palestine, which led to the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. (AFP)

Palestinians take part in a rally to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the "Nakba" in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, on May 15, 2017, before clashes erupt with Israeli security forces.
"Nakba" means in Arabic "catastrophe" in reference to the birth of the state of Israel 69-years-ago in British-mandate Palestine, which led to the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians during the 1948 war. (AFP)

Palestinians take part in a rally to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the "Nakba" in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on May 15, 2017, before clashes erupt with Israeli security forces.
"Nakba" means in Arabic "catastrophe" in reference to the birth of the state of Israel 69-years-ago in British-mandate Palestine, which led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who either fled or were driven out of their homes during the 1948 war over Israel's creation. (AFP)

Women wave national flags to mark the passing of 69 years since what Palestinians call their "nakba," or catastrophe, in front of a UN office, in Gaza City, Monday, May 15, 2017. Thousands of Palestinians marked the anniversary of their uprooting almost seven decades ago when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were driven out in the Mideast war over Israel's 1948 creation. (AP)

Palestinians carry a symbolic key with Arabic that reads, "we are coming back Palestine" to mark the passing of 69 years since what Palestinians call their "nakba," or catastrophe, in front of a UN office, in Gaza City, Monday, May 15, 2017. Thousands of Palestinians marked the anniversary of their uprooting almost seven decades ago when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were driven out in the 1948 war. (AP)

Women wave national flags and a hand-stitched map during commemorations to mark the passing of 69 years since what Palestinians call their "nakba," or catastrophe, in the Shati Refugee Camp, Monday, May 15, 2017. Palestinians marked the anniversary of their uprooting almost seven decades ago when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were driven out in the Mideast war over Israel's 1948 creation. (AP)