Israelis hold flags as they take part in a march marking Jerusalem Day near Damascus Gate outside Jerusalem's Old City May 17, 2015.  ReutersIsraelis hold flags as they take part in a march marking Jerusalem Day near Damascus Gate outside Jerusalem’s Old City May 17, 2015.  Reuters

Jerusalem – Thousands thronged to the streets of Jerusalem on Sunday, celebrating the annual Jerusalem Day. Marking the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem from Jordanian occupation during the Six-Day War, Jerusalem Day is a national and international holiday drawing thousands of visitors from all over the country and the world.

The day is marked with street dancing and parades taking place in the city center and through the Old City itself. The official ceremony and main event took place on the historical site of the Ammunition Hill, where a crucial battle for the liberation of Jerusalem took place during the Six-Day War.

In preparations for the annual Jerusalem Day festivities, security forces bolstered their presence in the city and especially around the parade route. In order to reduce friction and prevent clashes between the Jewish youth marching in the “Flag Parade” and east Jerusalem Muslim rioters.

Following the trail of the “Flag Parade” in the Old City, Israeli activists held the “Flower Parade” where they handed flowers to Arab residents of the Old City as a token of peace and coexistence.

Marring the festivities, a riot erupted during the traditional Jerusalem Day “Flag parade” on Sunday. Dozens of Arabs arrived at the Damascus Gate and began throwing stones and glass bottles at security forces.

Israelis hold flags as they take part in a march marking Jerusalem Day near Damascus Gate outside Jerusalem's Old City May 17, 2015. Israeli police on horseback confronted dozens of Palestinian protesters who threw stones at the forces protecting thousands of flag-waving Jewish nationalists marching on Sunday on the anniversary of Israel's capture of East Jerusalem in a 1967 war. Israel later annexed the area, making it a part of its capital in a move never recognised internationally.  (Credit: REUTERS)Israelis hold flags as they take part in a march marking Jerusalem Day near Damascus Gate outside Jerusalem’s Old City May 17, 2015. Israeli police on horseback confronted dozens of Palestinian protesters who threw stones at the forces protecting thousands of flag-waving Jewish nationalists marching on Sunday on the anniversary of Israel’s capture of East Jerusalem in a 1967 war. Israel later annexed the area, making it a part of its capital in a move never recognised internationally.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Israelis dance near Damascus Gate outside Jerusalem's Old City during a march marking Jerusalem Day May 17, 2015. Israeli police on horseback confronted dozens of Palestinian protesters who threw stones at the forces protecting thousands of flag-waving Jewish nationalists marching on Sunday on the anniversary of Israel's capture of East Jerusalem in a 1967 war. Israel later annexed the area, making it a part of its capital in a move never recognised internationally. Israelis dance near Damascus Gate outside Jerusalem’s Old City during a march marking Jerusalem Day May 17, 2015. Israeli police on horseback confronted dozens of Palestinian protesters who threw stones at the forces protecting thousands of flag-waving Jewish nationalists marching on Sunday on the anniversary of Israel’s capture of East Jerusalem in a 1967 war. Israel later annexed the area, making it a part of its capital in a move never recognised internationally.
A right-wing Jew carrying an Isralei flag into the Moslem Quarter in Jerusalem's Old City after passing trough the Damascus Gate, during a lull in the marching on 'Jerusalem Day' 17 May 2015. Moslem shops are all shuttered and police kept Moslem residents from mingling with the thousands of marchers who passed trough the Moslem Quarter on their way to the Western Wall. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the 'unification' of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their 'occupation' in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)A right-wing Jew carrying an Isralei flag into the Moslem Quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City after passing trough the Damascus Gate, during a lull in the marching on ‘Jerusalem Day’ 17 May 2015. Moslem shops are all shuttered and police kept Moslem residents from mingling with the thousands of marchers who passed trough the Moslem Quarter on their way to the Western Wall. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the ‘unification’ of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their ‘occupation’ in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)
Police keep a Jewish man from giving flowers to Palestinians kept from marchers who pass through the Moslem Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City on 'Jerusalem Day,' 17 May 2015. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the 'unification' of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their 'occupation' in the Holy City. The Jews were handing out flowers as s symbolic gesture of goodwill and tolerance to the Moslems. (Credit: EPA)Police keep a Jewish man from giving flowers to Palestinians kept from marchers who pass through the Moslem Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City on ‘Jerusalem Day,’ 17 May 2015. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the ‘unification’ of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their ‘occupation’ in the Holy City. The Jews were handing out flowers as s symbolic gesture of goodwill and tolerance to the Moslems. (Credit: EPA)
Israelis singing and dancing on the Via Dolorosa in the Moslem Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City as they march through on 'Jerusalem Day,' 17 May 2015. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the 'unification' of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their 'occupation' in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)Israelis singing and dancing on the Via Dolorosa in the Moslem Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City as they march through on ‘Jerusalem Day,’ 17 May 2015. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the ‘unification’ of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their ‘occupation’ in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)
Ultra-Orthodox jews on the steps leading down to the Damascus Gate (behind) as they watch right-wing Israelis marching into the Moslem Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City on 'Jerusalem Day,' 17 May 2015. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the 'unification' of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their 'occupation' in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)Ultra-Orthodox jews on the steps leading down to the Damascus Gate (behind) as they watch right-wing Israelis marching into the Moslem Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City on ‘Jerusalem Day,’ 17 May 2015. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the ‘unification’ of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their ‘occupation’ in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)
An Israeli boy waving a flag and singing with others as they stop in the Moslem Quarter while marching through Jerusalem's Old City on 'Jerusalem Day,' 17 May 2015. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the 'unification' of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their 'occupation' in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)An Israeli boy waving a flag and singing with others as they stop in the Moslem Quarter while marching through Jerusalem’s Old City on ‘Jerusalem Day,’ 17 May 2015. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the ‘unification’ of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their ‘occupation’ in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)
An Israeli boy waving a flag and singing with others as they stop in the Moslem Quarter while marching through Jerusalem's Old City on 'Jerusalem Day,' 17 May 2015. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the 'unification' of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their 'occupation' in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)An Israeli boy waving a flag and singing with others as they stop in the Moslem Quarter while marching through Jerusalem’s Old City on ‘Jerusalem Day,’ 17 May 2015. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the ‘unification’ of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their ‘occupation’ in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)
Israelis singing and dancing in the Moslem Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City as they march through on 'Jerusalem Day,' 17 May 2015. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the 'unification' of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their 'occupation' in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)Israelis singing and dancing in the Moslem Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City as they march through on ‘Jerusalem Day,’ 17 May 2015. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the ‘unification’ of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their ‘occupation’ in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)
Israelis marching down the Light Rail tram tracks outside the Old City walls as they approach the Damascus Gate area in East Jerusalem in order to march into the Moslem Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City on 'Jerusalem Day,' 17 May 2015. The final destination for thousands of marchers, mostly right-wing Jews and Jewish settlers, is the Western Wall. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the 'unification' of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their 'occupation' in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)Israelis marching down the Light Rail tram tracks outside the Old City walls as they approach the Damascus Gate area in East Jerusalem in order to march into the Moslem Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City on ‘Jerusalem Day,’ 17 May 2015. The final destination for thousands of marchers, mostly right-wing Jews and Jewish settlers, is the Western Wall. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the ‘unification’ of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their ‘occupation’ in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)
An Israeli with a Star of David on his yarmulke (skull cap) watches as people march through the Moslem Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City on 'Jerusalem Day,' 17 May 2015, and some hand out flowers as a symbol of peace and tolerance. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the 'unification' of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their 'occupation' in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)An Israeli with a Star of David on his yarmulke (skull cap) watches as people march through the Moslem Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City on ‘Jerusalem Day,’ 17 May 2015, and some hand out flowers as a symbol of peace and tolerance. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the ‘unification’ of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their ‘occupation’ in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)
An Israeli with a Star of David on his yarmulke (skull cap) watches as people march through the Moslem Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City on 'Jerusalem Day,' 17 May 2015. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the 'unification' of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their 'occupation' in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)An Israeli with a Star of David on his yarmulke (skull cap) watches as people march through the Moslem Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City on ‘Jerusalem Day,’ 17 May 2015. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the ‘unification’ of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their ‘occupation’ in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)
An Israeli teenager waving a flag sings with others in a circle on the Via Dolorosa as they stop while passing through Jerusalem's Old City on 'Jerusalem Day,' 17 May 2015. Behind is a mosque minaret. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the 'unification' of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their 'occupation' in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)An Israeli teenager waving a flag sings with others in a circle on the Via Dolorosa as they stop while passing through Jerusalem’s Old City on ‘Jerusalem Day,’ 17 May 2015. Behind is a mosque minaret. Jerusalem Day for Jews mark the ‘unification’ of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967, as Palestinians see if as the beginning of their ‘occupation’ in the Holy City. (Credit: EPA)

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