A Lebanese man was shot dead by Israeli forces after he and other pro-Palestinian protesters tried to cross the security fence on the border with Israel, Lebanese state news agency NNA reported.
NNA reported that another young man was injured after protesters gathered along the border in solidarity with the Palestinians over the escalating conflict between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas in Gaza.
Earlier, the Israeli military said that several people in Lebanon damaged the border fence and set the field on fire. They retreated after Israeli tanks fired warning shots.
Lebanese protesters gathered at the border fence, waving flags, including the Palestinian national flag and the flag of Iran-backed Hezbollah, Israel’s staunch adversary.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun said in a statement that he “strongly condemns the crime committed by the Israeli forces.” The name of the deceased is Mohamed Tahan, 21 years old.
Demonstrators were later dispersed by the Lebanese army in the presence of UNIFIL, the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon that is monitoring the border with Israel, a witness said.
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