Hizbollah Members Taunt Israelis at Lebanese Border Crossing

Published July 6th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A group of Lebanese, affiliated with the Hizbollah movement, marched Thursday to an Israeli border crossing, where they taunted Israeli troops with threats of going "all the way to Jerusalem," a spokesman for the group said. 

Several dozen members of the "Foundation of the Martyr," including women and children, converged on the Fatima Gate crossing after visiting various parts of the "liberated" regions of southern Lebanon. 

One of the group, 63-year-old Amin Abbas, spoke in Hebrew through a megaphone, challenging the soldiers on the other side of the border. 

"Israelis, hear me well," he said. "My son died in combat to liberate our land from your occupation. We are not afraid of you, and we will go on to Jerusalem, Haifa, Jaffa and Tel Aviv." 

Several youths then tried to throw stones at the soldiers but were restrained by unarmed Hizbollah security people, dressed in black shirts. 

Since their May 24th pullout from southern Lebanon, Israeli soldiers patrolling their side of the border have had stones and other objects thrown at them by groups of Lebanese and Palestinians. 

On Wednesday, an Israeli soldier was seriously injured by stones, and the Israeli army accused Beirut of causing border troubles. 

"The troubles on the border are not spontaneous but organized by the Lebanese government," said General Dany Arditi of the foreign relations unit in a message to officials of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon – KFAR KILA (AFP) 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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