Lebanese protester hit by Israeli fire dies of wounds

By: AFP      Published: 01:03 AM, 15 May, 2021
Lebanese protester hit by Israeli fire dies of wounds
Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah lift flags of Palestine (L) and Iran (C), during an anti-Israel protest in the southern Khiam area by the border with Israel, facing the northern Israeli town of Metula, on May 14, 2021. AFP

A Lebanese man struck by Israeli fire on Friday while protesting on the border against the Jewish state's assault on the Gaza Strip died of his wounds, state media reported.

The 21-year-old identified as Mohamad Hattan was one of two men who suffered wounds from Israeli shelling during the protest on the frontier between the two countries, National News Agency said.

The incident occurred after a number of "young demonstrators tried to enter the border town of Metulla" in northern Israel, said NNA.

The wounded pair were rushed to hospital in Marjeyoun in southern Lebanon. The condition of the second man was not immediately known.

The protesters, some carrying Palestinian flags and that of the group Hezbollah -- arch-enemy of Israel -- had gathered in the Khiam plain opposite Metulla, an AFP photographer said.

They later set fire to the area, with the flames spreading all the way to the border, he said.

The Israeli army confirmed on Twitter its tanks had "fired warning shots at a number of rioters... who had crossed into Israeli territory".

They "sabotaged the fence and set fire to it... before returning to Lebanese territory", it added, without mentioning any wounded.

In the aftermath of the Israeli shelling, the Lebanese army and security forces were deployed to the site to push dozens of youths back from the border, said NNA.

On Thursday, three rockets were fired from southern Lebanon near the Palestinian refugee camp of Rashidiyeh toward Israel, a Lebanese military source said.

Israel's army said the rockets landed in the sea.

A source close to Hezbollah said the Lebanese Shiite group had no link to the incident.