Israeli boy, soldiers injured during Land Day protests

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli boy and several Israeli soldiers were injured during Israeli-Arab and Palestinian protests marking Land Day.

The protests Saturday mark the deaths of six Galilee Arabs during 1976 riots over government land confiscations in northern Israel, dubbed Land Day.

Thousands gathered in the Israeli-Arab village of Sakhnin in northern Israel, where the deaths occurred 37 years ago, for the main Land Day demonstration. Protesters chanted “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

Two Israeli soldiers were injured from rocks thrown at them by Palestinians gathered near Kalkilya.

An Israeli boy, 4, was wounded by stones thrown that the car he was riding in near Efrat. Four Israeli soldiers were injured when their jeep overturned while searching for the rock throwers.

Gazan Palestinians protesting in near Rafah claimed that they were injured by tear gas and live gun fire by Israeli soldiers on their side of the border.

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