Friday, June 29, 2007

Lebanese Army Fires Live Ammunition at Protesters

My intention was to write a final post and bury this blog. That will have to wait. These eye-witness accounts of today's events tell a completely different story than what is being reported in the press. In all of the mainstream media reports I have read, witnesses remain undisclosed and army officials are cited anonymously.

According to Caoimhe Butterly, an Irish activist, the protesters were unarmed and possibly a few hundred meters away from the army checkpoint when soldiers opened machine gunfire on the civilians for two to three minutes. They opened fire again, injuring people who were trying to evacuate the wounded.


"Two civilians were killed, and 35 wounded, including 5 women, one
elderly sheikh, and 7 children below the age of 15 – including one
3-year-old child. Seven of the wounded are critically wounded, having
been shot above the waist."

Read the rest below.

Lebanese Army Fires Live Ammunition at Peaceful Protest in Solidarity
with Nahr el Bared Refugee Camp

2 killed, 25 wounded, 7 critical cases shot above their waist

Today, during the second day of a three-day peaceful protest in the
Palestinian refugee camp of Badaoui in solidarity with Palestinian
refugees from Nahr el Bared, the Lebanese Army opened fire on the
protestors in Badawi refugee camp, killing two people and injuring 25,
7 critically.

A peaceful protest began within the Badawi Palestinian Refugee Camp in
north Lebanon. The protestors had signs reading "Nahr el Bared is in
our soul" and "Nahr el Bared, we won't forget you." The protestors
were calling for an end to the violence.

Energetic male youth continued the protest outside the camp, against
the wishes and attempts of the organizers.

As they proceeded towards the Lebanese army's checkpoint, the army
issued verbal warnings telling the protesters to stay away. At this
point, women and children raced to the front to try to prevent the
army from firing upon the crowd. The Lebanese army shot two warning
shots into the air and then immediately responded with machine gun
fire at the crowd of approximately 300 peaceful protesters. The army
continued firing on people as they were attempting to retrieve the
wounded.

Caoimhe Butterly, an activist and organizer, reported on what she had
personally witnessed. "The army first opened fire with 2 to 3 minutes
of sustained fire. When there was a lull in the shooting, we rushed in
with our hands above our heads. At this stage, the Army started firing
on the road again. Thus, people retrieving the wounded were wounded."

In response to the Lebanese Army's claim that a "significant number"
of the protestors had clubs, Butterly said, "the protestors did not
have clubs. Nobody had clubs. We saw the whole demonstration. They
weren't carrying anything. We went from the beginning to the end of
the demonstration. We saw it all, and no one was carrying clubs."

Furthermore, she continued, "the protest was never out of hand. They
weren't throwing stones. At the time the Army opened fire, women were
sitting on the ground at the front, and a number of people even had
their backs to the soldiers. At the time the Army opened fire, people
were getting quieter and had stopped shouting, as if shouting is
enough to legitimize open fire."

In response to the Lebanese Army's claim that the protestors were 10
meters away from the checkpoint, Butterly said, "We were at a distance
where we couldn't distinguish their faces; we could only distinguish
their figures. We were possibly at a distance of a few hundred meters,
and definitely not 10 meters. We were far away from the checkpoint."

Two civilians were killed, and 35 wounded, including 5 women, one
elderly sheikh, and 7 children below the age of 15 – including one
3-year-old child. Seven of the wounded are critically wounded, having
been shot above the waist.
The protest was held in a response to the ongoing siege of Nahr al
Bared refugee camp in an attempt to highlight the worsening
humanitarian situation and indiscriminate shelling endured by the up
to 3,000 civilians still remaining in the camp. The protest began
yesterday by initiating a three-day water-only symbolic hunger strike
in solidarity with family and friends in Nahr al Bared who are
presently experiencing the hunger, fear and vulnerability of facing a
second month under siege. The protest included a silent procession and
die-in to highlight the to-date 36 civilian casualties earlier this
afternoon and an open mike and opportunity for the press to interview
people throughout the day who have recently evacuated Nahr al Bared.


--
Eyewitness Contacts:
Caoimhe Butterly: +961 70 824084
Rasha Najdeh: + 961 3 963562

press release written by: Rania Masri, 961 3 135279

8 comments:

m. said...

Thanks for posting this.

- M.

Golaniya said...

update: 35 injured:

http://ya-ashrafe-nnas.blogspot.com/2007/06/lebanese-army-fires-live-ammunition-at.html

rania masri said...

you're leaving? you're closing the blog?

What is "Occupation" said...

yep innocent nonviolent palestinians have now moved their innocent nonviolent protests to lebanon..

yep, let's all remember that to the palios, knives, firebombs, pistols are all nonviolent

Ghassan said...

Wait, "What is occupation"-- does the sudden rearing of your ugly head mean that there's going to be another war, or has your government just hired your lowly student ass to scour Lebanese blogs for the summer months again?
Shouldn't you get outside the house, get some sun on that pale face of yours and uproot some olive trees? There are "good Arabs" to be recruited, and toddlers to be rifle-butted... or perhaps you could help excavate below the Ala Aqsa in search of proof that yes! a few thousand years ago the Mizrahi's ancestors (not yours, not Boris') built a temple there.

Trust me, you will loooove the Ukraine. it's not what it used to be.

What is "Occupation" said...

ghassan said...
Wait, "What is occupation"-- does the sudden rearing of your ugly head mean that there's going to be another war

war already started!!!

hamas in gaza

fatah islam in northern lebanon

"unnamed" palios shooting rockets into northern israel

unifil spanish troops killed in southern lebanon

UN reporting that iran and syria have rearmed hezbollah

lebanese governmental officials murdered

yet, war is here...

ghassan said...or has your government just hired your lowly student ass to scour Lebanese blogs for the summer months again?

news flash ghassam, i WISH i was a student and got paid for this!


ghassan said...Shouldn't you get outside the house, get some sun on that pale face of yours and uproot some olive trees?

thanks for your concern, but be rest assured I have logged many hours at the pools i belong to, so I am nicely tanned and look just like moses...

ghassan said: There are "good Arabs" to be recruited, and toddlers to be rifle-butted...

ghassan, you dont get it? i dont have to do those things, i just let the palios do it to each other!!!! or let them throw each other from roof tops!

ghassan said: or perhaps you could help excavate below the Ala Aqsa in search of proof that yes! a few thousand years ago the Mizrahi's ancestors (not yours, not Boris') built a temple there.

I love the idea of digging up that ugly ass dome of the rock and allowing us to get to the original level, after all the invading moslems built that shit dome only 1300 yrs ago... btw, how about those exploding mosques of iraq! now that is a wonderful site.... i really love the one where they hung a guy 1st then blew the towers, that was fun...

ghassan said: Trust me, you will loooove the Ukraine. it's not what it used to be.

well thanks, but i love the jewish lands of Israel, long before ole mohammed married a jewish lady and then murdered the original jews of medina jews were in jerusalem, hebron etc... i know you hate that but too bad, meanwhile let's allow the inbred retards the palios to live in gaza and most of the west bank and allow darwin to allow them to hack one another to death..

btw, lovely sight in glaslow today, flaming self ignited retarded moslems

Skylark said...

Guys and ladies,

Are you wasting your time with a racist moron who is 46 and hasn't learnt till now to punctuate, capitalize letters, check spelling, etc.?
How pathetic he is!

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