Lebanese protesters: 'Death to Israel'

Hundreds of Hizbullah supporters join demonstrations against IDF action in Gaza.

protest 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
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(photo credit: AP)
Hundreds of Hizbullah supporters gathered Sunday at a border fence separating Lebanon and Israel to protest Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip that have reportedly killed nearly 70 Palestinians in two days. Up to 1,000 supporters carrying Lebanese and Palestinian flags took part in the demonstration at the Fatima Gate border point in the southern Lebanese village of Kfar Kila across from Israeli outposts on the other side. "Death to Israel," some of them shouted. Others carried banners that read in Arabic: "The blood of our sons in Palestine will not be in vain." Nearly 70 Palestinians were killed in two days of operations in Gaza. A total of 54 Palestinians were killed in fighting Saturday, the highest single-day death toll in more than seven years of violence. Two Israeli soldiers also were killed, as well as an Israeli student and father of three on Wednesday. The attacks, which Israel says are in response to Palestinian rocket attacks, have caused fury in the Arab street, with demonstrations Saturday in Palestinian refugee camps in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. The attacks have been denounced by many Arab governments, including Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has described them as "worse than the holocaust" against the Palestinian people. Also Sunday, thousands of students held protests at universities across Egypt, calling on Arab leaders to stop Israeli aggression and support the Palestinians, according to police officials. Some of the protesters burned Israeli and American flags and chanted slogans against the two nations, the officials added, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. Jpost.com contributed to this report.