Palestinians commemorate Nakba at Beaufort Castle in Arnoun, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Scores of Palestinians commemorating the Nakba in Nabatieh district Tuesday attempted to reach the U.N. Blue Line separating Israel and Lebanon, in defiance of security forces. The demonstrators, part of a gathering of thousands at Beaufort Castle in southern Lebanon, had come together to mark the 70th anniversary of Palestinians' expulsion from their homeland during the establishment of the state of Israel, known as the Nakba or "catastrophe". Less than two hours after the demonstration began at 4 p.m., some protesters began scaling a cliffside several hundred meters high on the southern edge of the Beaufort Castle in an attempt to cross the Litani River and reach a road leading to the southern border town of Kfar Kila.The demonstration comes a day after 60 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,700 wounded by the Israeli army in Gaza, marking the deadliest day in the enclave since the 2014 war.The castle was then held by Israel and operated as a base until the Jewish state's 2000 withdrawal from southern Lebanon.
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