Palestinians Observe National Day

Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip celebrated the seventh anniversary of their self-proclaimed national day.

In the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, shops were closed Wednesday to mark the Nov. 15, 1988, declaration of an independent Palestinian state by the Palestine National Council, the parliament in exile, at a meeting in Algiers.

Two Palestinians were wounded in the West Bank town of Nablus when crowds celebrating the anniversary clashed with Israeli troops.

The Palestinians burned tires and threw stones at the troops, who responded by firing rubber bullets.

In eastern Jerusalem, a diplomatic reception at Orient House, the de facto Palestinian headquarters, was canceled after Israeli officials lodged complaints.

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