Lebanese man killed by Israeli troops on border, Lebanese agency says


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© Reuters. Hezbollah flag flies over a replica of Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock during a protest to express solidarity with the Palestinian people, in Kfar Kila near the border with Israel, southern Lebanon, May 14, 2021. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

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BEIRUT (Reuters) -A Lebanese man was shot and killed by Israeli troops after he and others protesting in support of Palestinians tried to cross a security fence on the border with Israel, Lebanon’s state news agency NNA reported.

NNA said another youth had been wounded after protesters gathered along the border in a show of solidarity with Palestinians as the conflict between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas in Gaza intensified.

Earlier, the Israeli military said a number of people in Lebanon had damaged the border fence and set fire to a field. They retreated after Israeli tanks fired warning shots.

The Lebanese protesters had gathered close to the border fence, waving flags, including the Palestinian national flag and the flag of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah movement, a staunch opponent of Israel.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said in a statement he “strongly condemned the crime committed by Israeli forces”. The dead man was named as Mohamed Tahan, aged 21.

The protesters were later dispersed by the Lebanese army in the presence of UNIFIL, the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon that monitors the boundary with Israel, a witness said.

UNIFIL said it had launched an immediate investigation into the incident in the Kfar Kila area of the border.

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“Our troops are on the ground to prevent violations and together with the Lebanese Armed Forces we have enhanced security in the area,” it said in a statement.

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