Palestinians in Lebanon go on strike to protest Israeli violence
Palestinians refugees living in Lebanon went Monday on strike to protest against Israel's violence against Palestinian protesters along the Israeli-Syrian border, a Palestinian source told the German Press Agency dpa.
Schools, shops and all social and medical institutions inside the camps closed, while around 50 people staged sit-ins and burned tyres to block the entrances of the shantytowns that are located in southern Lebanon, the source said.
Israeli troops opened fire on Sunday as protesters from Syria stormed a ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights. Syria said that 23 protesters were killed in the clash. The protesters were marking the 44th anniversary of the outbreak of the 1967 war.
There are some 400,000 Palestinian refugees living in 12 camps across Lebanon.
On Thursday, the Lebanese Army declared the area along the border with Israel a closed military zone to prevent a repeat of the events of May 15. Then, 11 Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli troops in the Lebanese border village of Maroun al-Ras, as thousands of unarmed Palestinian refugees flocked to the frontier to mark 63 years on their expulsion from their homeland.