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Funeral Held of Man Killed by Israeli Fire on Lebanese Border

Funeral Held of Man Killed by Israeli Fire on Lebanese Border

Saturday, 15 May, 2021 - 17:00
Members of his family gathered around the coffin of Mohamed Tahan in his home town of Adloun, in southern Lebanon, to bid farewell. (AFP)

The family of a 21-year-old man who the Lebanese authorities say was killed by Israeli fire when he and a group of others tried to cross the border fence with Israel held his funeral on Saturday, a day after he died.


The Israeli military said its tanks had fired warning shots at people who had damaged the fence. The incident took place during a protest on the Lebanese side to support Palestinians, amid a conflict between Israel and Hamas, the group which rules Gaza.


Members of his family, dressed in black and wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, gathered around the coffin of Mohamed Tahan in his home town of Adloun, in southern Lebanon, to bid farewell, Reuters images showed.


A large poster at the mourning ceremony was emblazoned with his picture, alongside a symbol of the Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah, which is a staunch opponent of Israel. The poster carried the words: "On the way to Al-Quds (Jerusalem)."


Hundreds of Lebanese and Palestinians again protested along the Lebanon-Israel border on Saturday with some climbing a border wall there and triggering Israeli fire that wounded one person.


The incident took place during a protest in the Lebanese border village of Adaisseh, where hundreds marched waving Palestinian, Lebanese and Hezbollah flags.


The Lebanese army deployed in the area, setting up cordons to prevent protesters approaching a border wall that runs along that stretch of the boundary, although some protesters still managed move up close.


Few protesters climbed a high border wall where they placed Palestinian and Hezbollah flags.


Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency reported that Israeli troops fired warning shots near Adaisseh wounding one person who was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.


Lebanese and Palestinians from around Lebanon have been heading to the border to protest against Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip.


Earlier Saturday, an Israeli military spokesman warned Lebanese authorities not to allow protesters to breach the border.


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