Refugees to March from Lebanon on June 5

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon will march toward borders between Lebanon and the occupied territories on Sunday commemorating the mass dispossession of Palestinians in 1967.

In Lebanon, two rallies will be held in Maron Ar-Ras and Naqoura near the country’s borders with Israel, a top Fatah official said.

Muneer Maqdah, a Fatah leader in Ein El-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon, said over 50,000 people would join the "return" rally. Refugees will try to erect tents along the borders and barricade themselves there until they can return to Palestine, Maqdah said.

The march is being described as a follow-up to the May 15 protest, Maqdah added. He said "the flame which was created will get brighter and brighter until return is achieved.”

Palestinians will use any means to achieve the right of return, added Maqdah highlighting that expectations to reach a compromise with the Israelis were fruitless – all the Palestinians got was more settlements.

“The international community does not side with the righteous side, but with the strongest side, and thus we must seek to become strong by any means so we can get back our land,” the Fatah commander said.

He explained that the reconciliation agreement signed earlier in May gave the Palestinians momentum.

Twelve people were killed in mid-May by Israeli fire in incidents on the Syrian and Lebanese borders, as Palestinians marked the 63rd anniversary of the expulsion from their homes.

(Ma’an News)

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