News ID: 90199
Publish Date : 15 May 2021 - 21:09
ADLOUN (Dispatches) – A large crowd of mourners brandishing Palestinian flags and the yellow colors of Hezbollah resistance movement gathered in south Lebanon on Saturday for the funeral of a Lebanese protester martyred by Zionist troops’ fire a day earlier.
Mohamad Kassem Tahan had been protesting at the Lebanese border against the occupying regime’s latest assault on the Gaza Strip when he was hit by shellfire.
That came after a number of young demonstrators gathered on the Lebanese border overseeing the occupied territories in town of Metulla, according to Lebanese state media.
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 the regime’s occupation 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.
"To al-Quds we will go, and the martyrs will be in the millions!”
Hezbollah, a key enemy of the Zionist regime, had declared Tahan a martyr on Friday and Lebanese president Michel Aoun condemned the "crime committed by Israeli forces”.
Speaking to AFP at the funeral, Tahan’s friend Karim called him "a very loving young man.”
"He was loved in Adloun. He used to help everyone, even if he was busy,” the 17-year-old said.
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.
The funeral came as dozens of pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered along the southern frontier to commemorate the Nakba and denounce the occupying regime’s violence in Gaza and al-Quds.
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.
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