Israeli authorities have enforced tough restrictions across the occupied territories as thousands of Palestinians are gearing up to mark the 68th anniversary of the Nakba (Catastrophe) Day.
Nakba refers to the 1948 Palestinian exodus when more than 700,000 Palestinian Arabs fled or were expelled from their homes by Israel during the 1948 Palestine war.
Israel plans to mark the day with celebrations, barring Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip from entering East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
According to the Israeli military, the ban will be imposed as of 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday local time (2200 GMT Tuesday) until midnight (2100 GMT) on Thursday.
Israeli Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev said all cultural and sports facilities across the occupied lands, including Arabic institutions, will have to raise the Israeli flag on the Nakba Day.
Every year on May 15, Palestinians all over the world hold demonstrations to mark the Nakba Day.
Two Palestinian youths were injured Wednesday morning after being violently attack by Israeli military forces on the outskirts of al-Quds (Jerusalem), according to Palestinian news agency Ma’an.
The incident occurred in the Arab village of Kfar Aqab, located near Qalandiya refugee camp, where witnesses say Israeli troops entered while conducting an investigation.
According to Ma’an, Palestinian youths confronted the troops upon their entrance.
Red Crescent Medical Emergency services said that a Palestinian youth was seriously injured after he was shot in the chest and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Another youth allegedly shot in the leg was in moderate condition and was taken to a Ramallah medical facility.