JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinians have demonstrated in Israel and across the West Bank to mark the anniversary of the "catastrophe" of Israel's creation.

Friday marks the Palestinians' annual "Naqba" day, the Arabic word for catastrophe, used to describe the establishment of Israel in 1948. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were forced from their homes during the war over Israel's establishment. The displaced Palestinians and their descendants still consider themselves refugees, and their status remains one of the thorniest issues in the decades-long conflict.

In a televised address, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas vowed "that what happened in 1948 will never, ever be repeated."