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Wednesday, 16 May, 2001, 14:14 GMT 15:14 UK
In pictures: 'Catastrophe Day' protests
Anger flares once more in the Middle East as thousands of Palestinians take to the streets to protest on Nakba - or "Day of Catastrophe" - the anniversary of the creation of Israel in 1948.


demonstration in Lebanon
Children join Palestinian militants at a protests in Lebanon's main refugee camp

Israeli troops stopping drivers at a checkpoint
In Israel and the occupied territories, Israeli troops were put on high alert

Nakba protests in Gaza City
Thousands of Palestinians turned out to mark the national day of mourning

Nakba protest in Gaza City
Protesting Palestinians brandish an effigy of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

Nakba protests in Gaza City
Palestinian flags fly on the rooftops in Gaza City

Palestinian youths pelt Israeli soldiers with stones during clashes at a Jewish settlement
The demonstrations soon turned to violence

A masked Palestinian man marches with a handgun and the Koran, the Muslim holy book
Masked Palestinian gunmen joined in the marches

Palestinian Nakba protests
Protesters carried banners and shouted slogans denouncing Israel

Eighth grade students mark Nakba in the Israeli Arab village of Arabe, located in northern Israel
A three-minute silence was held in East Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories
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