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Israeli police arrest Al Arabiya cameraman at Nakba Day protests

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A member of Al Arabiya’s crew in Jerusalem was beaten and arrested by Israeli police on Wednesday during the channel’s coverage of the Nakba or “Day of Catastrophe” commemorations.

Al Arabiya’s cameraman Toufiq Saliba has been accused of allegedly assaulting an Israeli policeman. He was taken into custody and reportedly beaten inside an Israeli police station, Al Arabiya’s Jerusalem office said.

The news comes as clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank during demonstrations that mark 65 years since the Palestinians were displaced, Reuters said.

Protesters skirmished with Israeli forces outside a refugee camp near the West Bank city of Hebron and at a prison near Ramallah, leaving several Palestinians injured, the agency reported.

Thousands also rallied in the main square of Ramallah, the Palestinians' de facto capital while Jerusalem remains under Israeli control, holding up placards with the names of villages depopulated in 1948 and old keys, symbols of lost homes.

“For the sake of my future and to return to my family's land, I don't want any more useless negotiations but the path of resistance and the rifle,” said Ahmed al-Bedu, a gangly15-year-old Palestinian who holds Jordanian citizenship told Reuters.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will return to the Middle East Tuesday in what has been reported as an another bid to revive peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis.