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Nablus philanthropist's grandson injured in Lebanon

May 16, 2011 11:32 A.M. (Updated: May 17, 2011 12:11 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The grandson of Palestinian philanthropist Munib Al-Masri was injured by Israeli fire in Lebanon on Sunday, sources told Ma'an.

Al-Masri's grandson, also named Munib, is a university student in Lebanon. He joined a protest in the town of Maroun Ar-Ras at the country's southern border with Israel to mark the 63rd anniversary of the Nakba, "catastrophe" in English, when 760,000 Palestinians were driven or fled from their homes in fighting that accompanied the founding of the state of Israel.

The 22-year-old was hospitalized for wounds sustained when Israeli forces opened fire on the protesters, Palestinian sources in Lebanon said.

His grandfather, a Nablus resident, has been named as a candidate for prime minister in the transitional Palestinian Authority government.

Israeli gunfire killed ten people and wounded 112, a medical source in southern Lebanon told AFP, while other reports said only four had been killed.

Thousands of mainly Palestinian refugees demonstrated, a Lebanese security official said, calling for the right to return to their homes in what is now Israel.

An Israeli military statement said "several rioters attempted to breach the border fence and to infiltrate into Israeli territory," noting that soldiers responded with "warning shots."

The statement held the government of Lebanon "responsible for any violence or provocation towards Israel that emanates from their respective territories."
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