Three Jordanian Delegates Wounded at Lebanon-Israel Border by Israeli Gunfire

Published June 24th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israeli troops opened fire Saturday on a Jordanian delegation on a visit to the Lebanese-Israeli border. Three of the activists and a Lebanese were wounded, according to Taher Shakhshir, head of the Jordan’s Professional Unions Council, that sponsored the visit. 

The incident was also confirmed by head of the Doctor’s Association, Tareq Tahboub and Saleh Armouti, head of the Bar Association, in a statement to the Associated Press.  

Shakhshir told Albawaba.com in a telephone call from Lebanon that the three wounded unionists were not in a serious condition. 

He named the three injured Jordanians as: Ali Abu Sukkar, head of the anti-normalization committee at the council, Rashed Ramahi and Ghassan Haj. 

The three were among 140 unionists, representing 14 associations, who arrived last Thursday in Lebanon “to congratulate the Lebanese for the liberation of south Lebanon,” added Shakhshir, who also chairs the Pharmacists’ Union. 

“When the delegation arrived at the border line, they were overwhelmed by patriotic feelings and began chanting anti-Israeli slogans in celebration of Lebanon’s victory, and the Israelis responded by firing at the demonstrators,” he added. 

Armouti told the AP that Israeli troops fired rubber bullets at Jordanian unionists.  

During the visit, the delegation were received by Lebanese president Emile Lahoud, Prime Minister Salim Hoss and met also with Hassan Nasrallah, secretary general of Hizbollah, according to Shakhshir – Albawaba.com  

 

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