Lebanon Mourns Hezbollah Protester Killed By Israeli Fire
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Sat 15th May 2021 | 07:20 PM
Adloun, Lebanon, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th May, 2021 ) :Hundreds of people brandishing Palestinian flags and the yellow colours of Hezbollah gathered in south Lebanon on Saturday for the funeral of a Lebanese protester killed by Israeli fire a day earlier.
Mohamad Kassem Tahan, a member of the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement, had been protesting at the Lebanese border against the Jewish state's latest assault on the Gaza Strip when he was hit by Israeli shellfire.
On Saturday, Tahan's hometown of Adloun held a funeral that coincided with the anniversary of the Nakba -- the "catastrophe" of the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians during Israel's creation in 1948.
Hezbollah fighters in military fatigues carried the 21-year-old's coffin, wrapped in the movement's yellow flag, through a crowd of mourners to the sound of pro-Palestinian chants and sporadic gunfire.
"Death to Israel!" they chanted.
"To Jerusalem we will go, and the martyrs will be in the millions!" Hezbollah, a key enemy of Israel, had declared Tahan a "martyr" on Friday and Lebanese president Michel Aoun condemned a "crime committed by Israeli forces".
Beside him, a group of Tahan's friends cried on a sofa, while outside, copies of his portrait lined roads leading to the funeral venue.
Brandishing flags and wearing chequered Palestinian scarves, they gathered at several locations including the Lebanese border towns of Maroun Al-Ras and Adaisseh, according to AFP correspondents in the area.
They were surrounded by Lebanese soldiers who had erected checkpoints and blocked roads leading up to the frontier to avoid any escalation, according to state media.
Israel's army said the rockets had landed in the sea.
A source close to Hezbollah said the Shiite group had no link to that incident.