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Nakba day violence on the Israel-Lebanon border
 
Palestinians, Lebanese and other activists meet outside Beirut's Mar Elias refugee camp to board buses heading to the right of return protest in south Lebanon [Matthew Cassel]
Along the three-hour bus ride, Hezbollah volunteers pass out water, juice and snacks to the hundreds of buses heading to the right of return protest from across the country [Matthew Cassel]
In Maroun al-Ras, the village where the protest was held, buses couldn't reach the peak of the hill - so protesters, young and old, were forced to walk up the mountain to reach the protest site [Matthew Cassel]
Instead of demonstrating on top of the mountain in Maroun al-Ras, thousands of protesters descended the mountain to protest at the fence on the border with Israel. The Lebanese army intervened to prevent most people from reaching the fence [Matthew Cassel]
An injured protester is carried up the mountain before being taken away in an ambulance [Matthew Cassel]
A protester stands on the mountain near a line of Lebanese soldiers preventing demonstrators from reaching the border fence [Matthew Cassel]
A young protester holds a Palestinian flag while shots are fired at the protesters on the border fence further down the mountain in Maroun al-Ras [Matthew Cassel]
Protesters watch the battle on the border fence from further up on the mountain in Maroun al-Ras [Matthew Cassel]
Palestinian protesters and Lebanese soldiers clashed when the army tried to prevent demonstrators from reaching the border fence [Matthew Cassel]
A protester runs away from Lebanese soldiers as he tries to reach the border fence where Palestinians were protesting and being fired upon by Israelis on the other side [Matthew Cassel]
After a few hours of protest, the Lebanese army began firing in the air for more than 20 minutes, creating a stampede and sending demonstrators fleeing back up the mountain [Matthew Cassel]
The Lebanese army also used teargas against demonstrators to clear the area further away from the border fence with Israel [Matthew Cassel]
A sign atop the mountain in Maroun al-Ras overlooking the Israeli border, reading: "The people demand the return to Palestine" [Matthew Cassel]
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Inspired by the wave of uprisings across the Arab world, Palestinian refugees planned for their own day of events on May 15, the day they commemorate the Nakba ("catastrophe") in 1948 when more than 700,000 Palestinians were forced to flee their homes and lands.

In Lebanon, activists organised hundreds of buses to take Palestinian refugees from across Lebanon to a protest site atop a mountain in Maroun al-Ras village, overlooking the border with Israel.

Due to the large number of buses, protesters were forced to climb the mountain to reach the protest site. Once they did reach it, however, most didn't stay for long. They descended the opposite side of the mountain and marched through fields covered in Israeli landmines leftover from its 2006 war on Lebanon, to reach the border fence. There they threw stones across the fence, and chanted for their right of return.

Israeli soldiers fired on protesters, killing ten Palestinian refugees, and injuring more than 100. After a couple of hours, the Lebanese army intervened and began firing M16 assault rifles and tear gas, which sent protesters fleeing back up the mountain.

Funerals have been held for protesters in their respective refugee camps, and some groups are calling for "Martyr's Friday" protests at the end of this week. Although, with the Lebanese army likely to prevent them from reaching the border again, it remains unsure where future protests will be held - and who they will be directed against.


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