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Israeli forces wound 2 at Lebanon border protest

Protesters waving Palestinian flags are turned back by Lebanese soldiers from the border fence with Israel near the village of Maroun al-Ras, Saturday, May 15, 2021. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Zaatari)

KFAR KILA, Lebanon: Hundreds of Lebanese and Palestinians protested along the Lebanon-Israel border, with some climbing a border wall there and triggering Israeli fire that wounded two person.

The incident took place during a protest on Saturday evening in the Lebanese border village of Adaisseh, where hundreds marched waving Palestinian, Lebanese and yellow Hezbollah flags.

Few protesters climbed a high border wall where they placed Palestinian and Hezbollah flags.

Security sources said that Israeli troops fired shots and tear gas, wounding two protesters who were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Lebanese and Palestinians from around Lebanon have been heading to the border to protest against Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip.

Earlier Saturday, Lebanese soldiers stopped pro-Palestinian protesters from approaching the border fence, a day after Israeli fire killed a Lebanese demonstrator in the area, witnesses and security sources said.

The Army was determined to stop any protest from reaching the fence or any attempt to breach it. Several groups had called for protests on Saturday afternoon and when hundreds of protesters showed up, most stayed behind the military cordon.

The deployment of hundreds of soldiers at Maroun al-Ras and Kfar Kila villages came a day after a young Lebanese man was killed by Israeli fire during a rally at the border to protest against Israel's bloody assault on Gaza. The man, Mohammad Tahan, was among a group of protesters who reached the fence during the protest.

A video posted on social media showed Tahan carrying a Palestinian flag on the Lebanese side of the fence. Another video showed other protesters carrying him to a car as he was rushed to hospital where he later died of his wound. A third video showed an Israeli soldier taking aim at protesters and firing several shots.

The Israeli military said its soldiers had fired "warning shots" to keep protesters back.

Hezbollah said that Tahan, 21, was a member of the group who was taking part in the demonstration.

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun condemned what he called "the crime committed by Israeli forces", while the United Nations peacekeeping force in the border region, UNIFIL, called for "everyone to remain calm and avoid risking more lives".

Tensions remained high late Friday as two Palestinians tried to cross the barbed-wire border fence, before being repelled by Israeli fire, the state-run National News Agency said. Flare bombs were also fired over the nearby village of Kfarkila.

On Thursday, three rockets were fired from southern Lebanon near the Palestinian refugee camp of Rashidieh toward Israel, a Lebanese military source said.

Israel's army said the rockets landed in the sea.

Hezbollah denied any links to that incident.





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