Palestinian Leaders Decry Bloody Israeli Repression in Nakba

Beirut, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Palestinian and Arab leaders on Monday condemned the bloody repression by Israeli occupation forces of peaceful demonstrators commemorating the Day of Nakba (catastrophe), resulting in at least 16 deaths and hundreds of injured.

Most victims were Palestinians who have been refugees in Lebanon since their families were expelled from their villages and hometowns on May 15, 1948, for the founding of the state of Israel, supported by the UN and chief world powers.

Arab leaders assured that violent incidents also took place in the Syrian Golan Heights, where four activists died from a group of more than 100 who managed to get to the Druze town of Majdal Shams, under Israeli control.

The Zionist troops also attacked Palestinian demonstrators in the occupied West Bank and the border post of Erez, in the blockaded Gaza Strip, sources said.

A Lebanese army spokesman affirmed that 10 Palestinians died when Israeli troops shot live ammunition at demonstrators who were throwing stones and were trying to pull down the fence that was separates the site from Israeli territory.

A spokeswoman for the Zionist armed forces said the Lebanese army used live ammunition to move back the crowd which finally managed to remove the division fence.

In the meantime, Lebanese security said over 100 people were injured in shooting in the village of Maroun Al-Ras, encouraged after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened heavy reprisals.

The Lebanese deputy Hassan Fadlallah considered the Israeli aggression against unarmed civilians in Maroun Al-Ras and in Golan Heights as a human rights violation and affirmed that the Lebanese resistance movement (Hizbulah) would continue defending the Palestinian cause.

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