Al-Bared on 18/6 – perspective of its residents

The funeral of 16 year old child, Ahmad Kassem, who was shot by the Lebanese army, ended up (according to a phone call received just few minutes before the network was interrupted) becoming a clash with the army with a total of 25 wounded (some of them in critical condition).

The hospital of Badawi is unable to receive many of the conditions as it is lacking the proper medical  equipment.

Since official statements are expected to deviate from reality, we explain the story as we receive it (the story will be later supported by videos taken during the events).

The army eased restrictions on check points, allowing a large number of people to enter the camp to join the funeral coming from Badawi. In fact, news was received that the army would allow people to enter Nahr el Bared to give their condolences.

Ahmad Kassem was given a proper burial. Later, people gathered and demonstrated in the different neighbourhoods of Nahr el Bared expressing their anger and frustration given the oppressive conditions that they are enduring daily; the most basic of which is the military siege on the camp.

The details of the funeral:

The parents of the martyr were faced with the usual Palestinian refugee dilemma: where to bury their son. The old graveyard is full, and the army has forbidden the camp dwellers of opening a new graveyard (because of military and political reasons). The camp dwellers are currently burying their deceased in mass graves.

After 3 days of the shooting, the parents of Ahmad finally accepted to bury their son in one of the mass graves.

But the rest of the people of Nahr el Bared rejected this fate and started their rebellion against the military siege that is controlling their lives. They tried to demonstrate in the land that had been designated to be the new graveyard. The army responded by attacking the protesters. Although this was an error of judgement on part of the army, the following violent repercussions lead to a violent escalation with no end in sight.

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One Response to “Al-Bared on 18/6 – perspective of its residents”

  1. marcy/مارسي newman/نيومان Says:

    Reblogged this on body on the line and commented:
    having just returned from nahr el bared and baddawi camps i can say that things are not improving. nahr el bared, which was supposed to be opened for three days (meaning the maximum security prison that it is would be allowed visitors and the prisoners could come and go freely for 3 days) is now under lockdown. there are army tanks surrounding it. baddawi camp was equally hard to get two as there are two checkpoints between the camps. there were also tires burning and garbage burning surrounding the entrance to the camp. there are at least 2 martyrs today and around 6 hospitalized in mina, 3 in trablus, and 18 in safad hospital in baddawi. the fear now is that the lebanese army will be rounding up palestinians in the maximum security prison that is nahr el bared tonight (as i type) and move them to yet another prison.

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