The speaker of Lebanon’s parliament has called for a sit-in to protest against Israel’s continuing air and sea blockade.
Nabih Berri made his plea during a massive rally in the southern port city of Tyre to remember Shi’ite leader Moussa Sadr who went missing in 1979.
Berri is the highest ranking official to visit the war-torn south since hostilities between Hizbollah and Israel ended three weeks ago.
He condemned the United States for its support for Israel and said the situation between Israel and Lebanon would have been different if the UN’s interim force was in control of the disputed Shebba Farms region.
As Berri made his speech, Lebanese soldiers, accompanied by UN troops, took up positions on the border with Israel.
It is the first time the Lebanese army has taken up positions in this sector of south Lebanon since it made way for Palestinian guerrillas to deploy here in the late 1960s.