Israeli forces 'detain 3 at Nilin rally'

12:00 May 15 2012 Nilin

Israeli forces 'detain 3 at Nilin rally'
via Twitter: Photo: A pic for #najitamimi getting arrested today near #Nillin for #Nakba64 #NabiSaleh


RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained three protesters rallying for Nakba Day near West Bank village Nilin on Tuesday, protest organizers said.

Demonstrators attempted to cross the checkpoint at the edge of the village, on the anniversary of the expulsion of Palestinians in 1948 when the state of Israel was founded.

The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee said three people, including activist leader Naji Tamimi, were detained by Israeli forces at the scene.

Female activist Rana Nazzal was also detained, a Ma'an correspondent said. Nazzal gained notoriety for climbing atop an Israeli military truck at a demonstration last week near Ofer jail.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said forces detained two people at Nilin attempting to breach the checkpoint. The army "will not allow anyone to impair Israeli sovereignty," she said.
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