SIDON, Lebanon: Demonstrators reenacted the capture of an Israeli soldier by Hamas Wednesday, by swearing, spitting and throwing gravel at a mock soldier as Sidon youth marched past the Zaatari mosque towards Martyrs Square in solidarity with Gaza.
“I was spat, cursed at, insulted and I'm handcuffed. I'm not pleased to be Israeli” said Mohammad Jomaa,11, who played the part of the kidnapped Israeli soldier Oron Shaul.
Jomaa marched down with a picture of Shaul plastered on his shirt. The Israeli soldier’s detention number 6092065 was also printed below the picture.
Other protesters held Jomaa by the neck, as they pointed plastic rifles to his head and dragged him ahead of marching protesters.
Protesters rallied at the invitation of Hamas’s youth movement, carrying Palestinian flags and pictures of children in Gaza.
Boys of the Hamas youth wore white t-shirts depicting Hamas Founder Ahmed Yassin who was assassinated by Israel forces.
The Israeli army Tuesday confirmed that a soldier Hamas militants claimed they had kidnapped is dead and his body remains missing.
The Israelis named the solider as Oron Shaul two days after Hamas said they had kidnapped an Israeli soldier of the same name.
Shaul was part of a group of seven troops from the elite Golani unit who died while attacking an armored vehicle in Gaza.