At Least 12 Killed in Israel Border Clashes

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On what Palestinians refer to as the Nakba—the anniversary of Israel’s independence in 1948 when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled from their homes—thousands of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops on Sunday, with more than a dozen people reported killed, and many more injured. Like other Mideast protests, these were planned over social-media sites, like Facebook, as protesters attempted to march into Israel from all four of its borders—Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, and the West Bank. At the Lebanese border, 10 protesters were killed and more than 100 injured, according to the Lebanese military; in the Golan Heights, 100 Palestinians living in Syria breached a border fence where four were killed; scores of protesters were injured in Gaza and the West Bank, as troops fired on Palestinian flag-waving and Molotov cocktail-hurling crowds. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the protests were a struggle “over the very existence of Israel,” while Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, saluted the dead in a televised speech saying, “They died for the Palestinian people’s rights and freedom.”