Lebanon files complaint against Israel
Lebanon has submitted a complaint to the United Nations Security Council against Israel over the killing of 10 civilians in the Lebanese border town of Maroun al-Ras.
At least 10 people were killed and over 110 others wounded after Israeli soldiers opened fire on thousands of Palestinian refugees who were holding a symbolic march toward their homeland on the Lebanese side of the border on Sunday.
The Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon were marking the 63rd anniversary of the forcible eviction of 700,000 Palestinians from their homeland by Israelis and the occupation of Palestine, which Palestinians refer to as “Nakba Day,” or the day of catastrophe.
“The attack represents a hostile act and once more highlights Israel’s violation of Lebanese sovereignty and its disregard of UN resolutions,” Lebanon’s permanent mission to the UN said.
Lebanon also called on the Security Council to pressure Israel to end its hostile and provocative policies against Lebanon and hold it accountable for killing civilians.
The leader of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, said the protests gave the anniversary a new meaning and proved to Israel that the Palestinians hold onto their uncompromising right to return to their homeland.
“We must bow before the courage, the bravery, of those who protested yesterday at Lebanon and Syria’s borders with occupied Palestine, who faced the tyranny of the enemy with bare chests and their heads held high,” Nasrallah said on Monday.
“Your message, loud and clear, to the enemy is that you will liberate your lands, that the fate of this entity [Israel] is demise, and that no initiatives, treaties or borders will protect it,” he added.
A total of 25 protesters were killed in southern Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Syria’s occupied Golan heights by Israeli forces on Nakba Day.
The United Nations has condemned Israel’s “disproportionate, deadly force” against demonstrators marking the anniversary of the creation of Israel.
“I am shocked by the number of the deaths and the use of disproportionate, deadly force by the Israeli Defense Forces against apparently unarmed demonstrators, which I condemn,” UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams said on Monday.