The Lebanese army has declared the southern border with Israel as a closed military zone. A huge rally is planned on Sunday in commemoration of the Naksa Day to mark the anniversary of the 1967 war, in which Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip, east Jerusalem and Golan Heights.
According to As Safir newspaper, contacts are ongoing with the Palestinian factions to select the area where protesters can kick off their rally. The Beirut-based daily added that military attaches of the countries participating in UNIFIL and the five permanent members of the Security Council held a meeting late Wednesday with senior officers in the Lebanese army intelligence to discuss the issue. The Lebanese officers also vowed to continue with the probe into the attack on the Italian contingent in Sidon last week.