Lebanon complaint to UN: Israel attack was a hostile act

'Daily Star' reports 10 Palestinians dead, over 100 wounded in clashes with IDF soldiers at border; Hariri: Palestinians have right to return.

May 16, 2011 10:11
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Police remove protesters near Baram Forest

Police remove protesters near Baram Forest 311. (photo credit: Ben Hartman)

Lebanon on Monday filed an official complaint with the UN Security Council against Israel following its "killing and wounding of civilians rallying in the town of Maroun a-Ras near the Israeli border," the Lebanese National News Agency reported.

According to the report, the complaint said "Lebanon considered the assault as a hostile act," and "Israel violated Lebanese sovereignty and disregarded UN resolutions.

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The complaint called on the UNSC to pressure Israel to stop "its hostile and provocative policies against Lebanon" and to "hold it accountable for killing civilians."

On Sunday, ten Palestinians were reportedly shot dead and 112 others wounded by the IDF along Israel's northern border as thousands of Palestinians congregated at the frontier in order to commemorate the 'Nakba,' a day Palestinians see as the 63rd anniversary of their expulsion from their homes in Israel, Lebanese newspaper the Daily Star said.

Lebanese activists, including Hezbollah members, were also among those included in the violent protests.

According to the Daily Star, protesters made there way from designated demonstration sites in Maroun a-Ras and headed for the barbed wire fence along the border. Protesters pelted Lebanese Internal Security Forces and Lebanese soldiers with stones as they made their advance.

Lebanese-Palestinian demonstrators tried to ascend the fence in order to mount flags and kaffiyehs on it as Israeli soldiers began firing towards the demonstration. Protesters cried "We sacrifice our souls and blood for Palestine," the Daily Star reported.

The Lebanese army reported that the wounded were transferred to nearby hospitals.

Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Rafik Hariri added to wide Lebanese condemnation of the Israels actions, saying the Israel "faces peaceful movements of the Arab citizens in Lebanon, the Golan and Palestine with killing and murder," Daily Star reported. Hariri added that it was the "right of our Palestinian brothers to return to their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital."

According to Human Rights Watch, there are an estimated 300,000 Palestinians living in Lebanon as of 2011. Palestinians in Lebanon do not have Lebanese citizenship, and are legally barred from owning any property and from a number of different desirable professions.

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