Sunday, May 15, 2011

At least ten dead and 112 wounded at the border between Israel and Lebanon

.- At least ten people were killed and 112 were wounded by gunfire from Israeli soldiers against Palestinian and Lebanese refugees in a border region between Lebanon and Israel, the Lebanese army said in a statement. Earlier, a Lebanese military source pointed out that the dead were five, all in a shootout in the border village of Maroun Ras, where thousands of people gathered to commemorate the "Nakba" (catastrophe), reminiscent of Palestinian exile after the founding of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948.

The Lebanese Armed Forces said in his note that "despite all measures taken to avoid incidents, the Israeli army fired on demonstrators." The text adds that there are injuries of varying degrees and that the victims were taken to hospitals in the region. The statement said the Lebanese army is in "full alert" and coordinates its activities with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to prevent further attacks.

According to Lebanese media, Israeli soldiers began firing hundreds of Palestinian refugees, most of them very young, who had come to the "blue line" marked by the UN to demarcate the Lebanese and Israeli territory. During the protest, which also included Lebanese, protesters threw stones at Israeli positions after passing the barriers that the Lebanese army tried to stop the riots.

"With our soul, our blood, we sacrifice ourselves for you Palestine," chanted the demonstrators, while another group flew away from the Israeli side of the border, a Palestinian flag that had tied the balloons with the colors of your emblem. Earlier, the protesters approached the "Blue Line" threw stones at soldiers and police trying to prevent Lebanese approach to avoid incidents, while organizers admonished them for attacking the Lebanese Army.

These events also coincide with the deaths of at least four protesters shot by Israeli soldiers in the Golan Heights (Syrian territory occupied by Israel in the Six Day War of 1967), according to an Israeli military source and several Arab television . The Damascus regime has only confirmed the deaths of two people and 170 injured in the incident during a protest to commemorate the "Nakba" in the Ain al-Tina, in Quneitra, and Majdal Shams.

In northern Gaza, a Palestinian was killed today and another 67 wounded by Israeli army gunfire.

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