Palestinians cancel Naksa Day march to Israel-Lebanon border
Organizers say Sunday's planned march marking anniversary of 1967 war to be replaced by strikes across all 12 of Lebanon's Palestinian refugee camps.
Palestinian organizers in Lebanon who had planned a march to the border with Israel later this week say they have canceled it.
The organizers say that Sunday's planned march marking the 1967 Arab-Israeli war's anniversary would be replaced by strikes across all 12 of Lebanon's Palestinian refugee camps.
On May 15, Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinians who marched to Israel's borders with Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank. Six people were killed in Lebanon.
Lebanese authorities had declared the area around the shared border with Israel a closed military zone to prevent the planned border march.
Palestinian organizers said in a statement Friday that they had a right to protest and rejected the move by Lebanese authorities.
According to an earlier report in the Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star, the Palestinian organizers postponed the march after facing pressure from Lebanese authorities.
An organizer of the planned march told The Daily Star that he was not concerned with the June 5 date.
“Our aim is to reach the borders, regardless of the date of the march," Yasser Azzam was quoted as saying. "We as Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are not concerned with June 5.”