Arab protesters descend on Israeli borders

Mobilized by calls on Facebook, thousands of Arab protesters marched on Israel’s borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday in an unprecedented wave of demonstrations, sparking clashes that left at least 15 people dead in an annual Palestinian mourning ritual marking the anniversary of Israel’s birth.

UNIFIL chief urges restraint along Israeli-Lebanese border

UNIFIL commander General Alberto Asarta on Sunday issued a statement calling on the relevant parties to exercise restraint following the violence along the Israeli-Lebanese border near the village of Maroun al-Ras. “There is a need for practical security steps to be taken on the ground,” the statement quoted him as saying.

UN concerned over violence on Lebanon, Syria borders

UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams issued a statement Sunday voicing his concern over the violent incidents along Lebanon’s borders with Syria and Israel. “I deplore and deeply regret the loss of life today. Events in South Lebanon have developed into one of the most serious incidents on the Blue Line since 2006.