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Ma’an News Agency -  16 May 2010

Lebanese and Palestinian activists on Saturday marked the the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in 1948 by setting a record for the world’s largest keffiyeh head-dress, Agence France-Presse reported.

The 6,552-meter chain of scarves was laid out on the grounds of the Sport City Stadium in Beirut, AFP reported, to mark what Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, a day of mourning for the forcible displacement of some 750,000 Palestinians when Israel was established.

Overseen by a Guinness World Records official, the feat reportedly breaks a previous entry of a 2,932-meter scarf set in Spain in August 2009. AFP reported that more than 100 volunteers placed the giant scarf to form the number 194, signifying the 1948 United Nations resolution that grants Palestinians the right to return to their homes in Israeli-occupied land.


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