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What is the Nakba?

12 May 1948 Members of Haganah, the Jewish military force, expel Palestinians from Haifa (AFP)

On Tuesday, Palestinians mark the Nakba (or "catastrophe"), when thousands were driven from their homes or else fled amid the conflict which followed the creation of the state of Israel.

This year is more auspicious than most, given it is now 70 years since the events of 1948, which fuelled many of the protests and marches across Palestine on Monday.

If you need a brief introduction on what happened then this interactive is a good place to start.