Protests in Jordan and Lebanon near the Israeli border to condemn the escalation in Gaza |

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Amman / Beirut Thousands of Jordanians and Lebanese demonstrated in Amman and Beirut, near the borders of the two countries with Israel and the occupied West Bank, to express their solidarity with what is happening in the Palestinian territories and the escalation taking place in Gaza.

A Lebanese youth succumbed to his injuries as a result of Israeli army fire to disperse demonstrators who tried to cross the barbed wire fence in southern Lebanon to express their solidarity with what is happening in the Palestinian territories.

Dozens of Lebanese gathered on Friday afternoon at the border in front of the settlement of Mutla, to condemn the Israeli escalation on the Gaza Strip, and when a group of young men crossed the barbed wire at the border, the Israeli army fired shots, wounding two people, before announcing the death of one of them of his injury.

The two persons were injured, according to the National Information Agency, “as two Israeli shells fell near them, after a number of young men attempted to go through the barbed wire” towards the settlement of Mutla, which led to a severe mobilization on both sides of the border, and Lebanese army and security forces prevented the demonstrators from advancing towards the fence. Spiky and worked to disperse them.

For its part, the Israeli army announced that its tanks had directed “warning shots at a number of young men who crossed Lebanon into Israeli territory.” He said that they “tampered with the fence and set fire to the area, before returning” their stairs.

This tension came after the launch of three rockets from orchards near Rashidieh camp, south of Tire, which fell into the sea off the northern coast of Israel.

In Jordan, about four thousand people participated in a demonstration that started in front of the Great Husseini Mosque in central Amman after praying on the second day of Eid al-Fitr, chanting “a Jordanian greeting to Arab Palestine,” in addition to “The people want the liberation of Palestine.”

They carried Palestinian and Jordanian flags, as well as banners reading “Palestine is free from the river to the sea” and “Expel the ambassador and close the embassy.” Jordan has a peace treaty with Israel since 1994.

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About three thousand people, demanding the opening of the borders, gathered in the Karama area near the border with the West Bank in the protest, which was organized by a mixture of opposition parties and tribal groups in the Kingdom.

They chanted, “Open the borders, let us educate the Jews,” and “The people want to open the borders,” in addition to “On Jerusalem we go, martyrs by the millions.”

They gathered near the Monument of the Unknown Soldier in the area that witnessed the “Battle of Dignity” in 1968, which Jordanians and Palestinians consider the first Arab victory after the 1967 defeat to the Israeli army.

The demonstrators chanted a slog asking Jordan’s King Abdullah to open the border.

Witnesses said that Jordanian police fired tear gas and fired shots in the air to stop about 500 demonstrators who had defected from the planned course of the protest march.

The demonstrators were five kilometers from the King Hussein Bridge, known in Israel as the Allenby Bridge, in the Jordan Valley off the West Bank city of Jericho.

Jordan has been linked to a peace treaty with Israel since 1994, and calls for ending that treaty and closing the Israeli embassy in the capital, Amman, were raised at the beginning of this week.

“Let the borders open, and we are ready for jihad and death for the sake of Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds,” said Muhammad Khalil, 23, who participated in the demonstration with the white and black Palestinian scarf on his shoulders.

The university student added, “Israel is a terrorist state that has practiced terrorism and massacres against the Palestinians for decades. Is it not their (Palestinians) right to defend themselves, is it not our right to defend them and Jerusalem?”





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