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Palestinians clash with Israeli police during Nakba protests

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Palestinian women scuffle with Israeli policemen as they try to stop them from arresting a relative in the east Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Issawiya on May 15, 2012, as Palestinians took to the streets to mark Nakba day.

Palestinians held a series of events and protests Tuesday to mark the Nakba ("catastrophe") of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes.

On Monday, a Palestinian official said a deal had been reached with Israel to end a weeks-long high-profile hunger strike by hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. Read an analysis of the background to the hunger strikes by NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin.

 

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A Palestinian suspected of throwing stones is detained by undercover Israeli police officers in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya May 15, 2012.

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A boy holds up a door key as Palestinians take part in a rally marking Nakba in the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 15, 2012.

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A Palestinian youth shoots fireworks at Israeli policemen in the east Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Issawiya on May 15, 2012.

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Israeli riot policemen arrest a Palestinian boy in the east Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Issawiya on May 15, 2012.

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The head of Gaza's Hamas government, Ismail Haniya (blue polo shirt), takes part in a marathon in Gaza City on May 15, 2012 to mark Nakba day.