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Violence on Land Day as Israeli forces and Palestinians clash

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Israeli mounted policemen move crowds of Palestinian protesters during a demonstration marking Land Day in the east of the city on March 30, outside the old city of Jerusalem, Israel. Land Day, which began in 1976, marks the day Israeli forces killed six Palestinians during a protest against Israeli occupation of what Palestinians consider to be their land.

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Israeli border police officers use pepper spray as they detain an injured Palestinian protester during clashes on Land Day after Friday prayers outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on March 30.

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Members of the Hamas security forces prevent Palestinian protesters from reaching the border between Israel and the northern Gaza Strip, after a protest marking Land Day in Beit Hanun, on March 30.

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A Palestinian girl holds her mother and cries during a demonstration marking Land Day in the east of the city on March 30, outside the old city of Jerusalem, Israel.

Israeli security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up groups of Palestinian stone-throwers on Friday as annual Land Day rallies turned violent.

Palestinian activists have called for a "Global March to Jerusalem" to mark the day when Israeli Arabs protest against government policies that they say has stripped them of land.

Arab news channel Al Jazeera reported in a live blog on its website that the Israeli army was "pushing protesters back towards Ramallah with the use of tear gas and water cannons".

It also reported that there are close to 1,000 protestors gathered in Ramallah.

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A Palestinian youth climbs over a fruit stall as an Israeli mounted policeman disperses hundreds of Palestinian protesters during a demonstration marking Land Day in east Jerusalem on March 30. Demonstrators waving huge Palestinian flags gathered for Land Day, sparking scuffles with hundreds of Israeli police who were seen beating some of the crowd, an AFP correspondent said.

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Palestinians scuffle with Israeli policemen during a demonstration marking Land Day in east Jerusalem on March 30.

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Israeli police officers detain an injured Palestinian protester during clashes on Land Day, after Friday prayers outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City March 30. Israeli security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up groups of Palestinian stone-throwers on Friday as annual Land Day rallies turned violent. Police said they made five arrests at Damascus Gate.

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Palestinian boys look to the direction of the Lebanes-Israeli border during a Palestinian rally to mark Land Day, in the southern Lebanese village of Arnoun, Lebanon, on Friday March 30. More than 3,000 Lebanese and Palestinians gathered outside the Crusader-built Beaufort castle 9 miles from Israel. Lebanese security forces kept them from moving any closer to the border. March 30 is traditionally marked by Israeli Arabs as "Land Day," a time of protests against the alleged confiscation of Arab-owned lands by Israel.