Hundreds of people gathered at Lebanon's Beaufort Castle near the border with Israel on Friday to take part in Land Day demonstrations amid heightened security by Lebanese forces.
The rally attracted people of all ages to the scenic fortress, where Lebanese security forces had erected a barbed wire fence on the southern side of the hill to contain protesters, the Lebanese English-Language The Daily Star
reported.About two hundred foreign activists, including two US rabbis, arrived at Beaufort Castle to join the rally, according to the Star.
Earlier last week, event organizers told the Star
they predicted as many as 5,000 protesters to participate in the demonstration marking Land Day, which was coupled with the highly-publicized "Global March to Jerusalem."
Authorities in Lebanon were on high alert to prevent a repeat of last years Nakba Day protests, in which at least 10 people were killed near the border with Israel, and erected checkpoints on roads in Lebanon's south to prevent demonstrators from encroaching on the border. Read the full story here