Lebanese troops fired at Palestinian civilians demanding to return to their homes at a besieged refugee camp on Friday, killing three protesters and wounding 50, witnesses and hospital sources said.Imagine the international hoopla if an IDF soldier opened fire indiscriminately on a group of Palestinian refugees….the Security Council would be meeting to discuss this and a motion condemning the Israeli response would be issued before midnight. Heads would roll in the IDF hierarchy and Peace Now would be picketing everywhere and anywhere in Israel. The Israeli flag would be burnt all over the Islamic world from Islamabad to Cairo. Israeli Embassys around the would be ringed with protestors. But let the Lebanon Army do it and most of the MSM just go mum.
They said the soldiers opened fire first into the air as hundreds of refugees, including women and children, tried to storm through an army checkpoint and head to Nahr al-Bared camp, scene of nearly six weeks of intense fighting between the army and the al Qaida-inspired Fatah al-Islam militants.
When the crowd did not disperse and attacked soldiers with stones and sticks, the troops fired automatic rifles at the protest inflicting the casualties. The witnesses said the refugees from Nahr al-Bared had started to march from the nearby Beddawi camp, where they had sought refuge after the battles began on May 20.The displaced refugees were impatient at the time they had had to spend at the overcrowded Beddawi in difficult circumstances, and said they were determined to return home despite ongoing fighting.
Friday, June 29, 2007
where's the outrage?
The Lebanese Army opened fire on a group of Palestinians refugees and a search of Canada’s two largest daily (The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star) shows absolutely nada. Ha’aretz reports: