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Israel reopens Gaza border crossings after reported ceasefire agreed

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The aftermath of Israeli bombing in Gaza

The Nakba, which means catastrophe, for the Palestinian people is marked on May 15 each year, in memory of the forcible transfer of two thirds of the Palestinians and ethnic cleansing of at least 418 villages as a result of the 1948 war.

Starting with mass protests along the border with Israel, it became of the deadliest days of violence with over 60 Palestinian casualties and over 2,000 injured, as tensions ran high.

The marchers during the event on Sunday called to "free Palestine", for a "right of return" for Palestinians, and for the end to "unprecedented attacks on Palestinians by Israel". Protesters gathered next to the cenotaph to hear speeches from the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) representative, union officials, MPs and campaigners. Rights groups say that Israel's administrative detention policy has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political processes, particularly targeting Palestinian activists, journalists, and politicians.

Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, Husam Zomlot, affirmed the utter rejection of the Palestinian people and their leadership of all that has been leaked about the suspicious "deal of the century".

There was applause as Ahed Tamimi took to the stage.

Palestinian ambassador to the UK Dr Husam Zomlot stood on the stage next to Ahed Tamimi, the protester who became a globally known after slapping an Israeli soldier in the West Bank past year. "We will continue to resist!"

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn supported the march on Twitter. "Resist! Return!" and "Freedom to Palestine".

Three Palestinian fishermen were detained by Israeli naval forces off the coast of Gaza Strip on Saturday, a local official said. For more than seven decades later houses are still being demolished, children are illegally detained and the people of Gaza have been under siege for 13 years.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki addressed the council and said the deal is "not a peace plan but rather conditions for surrender and there is no amount of money that can make it acceptable".

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Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Oliver said: "They [Israel] seem to do what they want, when they like and no one says anything".

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