Abbas: Blood of Those Killed Fighting for Palestinian Freedom Will Not Go to Waste

In televised address, Palestinian president says Nakba Day protests proved that 'the will of people is stronger than the power of oppressive forces.'

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that the blood of those killed fighting for the rights of the Palestinian people will not go to waste.

Abbas was referring to the protesters killed on Israel's borders with Lebanon and Syria as well as in the Gaza Strip as they were marking Nakba Day.

Mahmoud Abbas  - AP - 16.03.2011

"Their blood will not go to waste," said Abbas in a televised address. "Their blood was spilled for the freedom of our Palestinian people and for its rights."

Abbas said the participation of a large number of people in the protests was proof that "right is stronger than time, and the will of people is stronger than the power of the oppressive forces and the occupiers."

On Sunday, two people were killed in a violent clash near Majdal Shams on the Syrian border as demonstrators breached the border fence.

Between three and 10 people were killed during a demonstration in the village of Maroun a-Ras on the Israel-Lebanon border.

Across the West Bank, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets, waving flags and holding old keys to symbolize their dreams of reclaiming property they lost when Israel was created on May 15, 1948.

In the Gaza Strip, hundreds of Palestinians threw rocks at Israeli soldiers at the Erez border crossing. A number of Palestinians were wounded when IDF soldiers dispersed the crowd.

On Sunday afternoon, IDF forces fired on a suspect planting an explosive device along the border in the northern Gaza Strip. A hit was identified, the IDF said.

Following Sunday's incidents, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel was determined to defend itself and its sovereignty.