Lebanese protesters gather at the Masnaa crossing on the Lebanon-Syria border, blocking the road in protest to the ongoing siege imposed on the town of Madaya.
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Hundreds of demonstrators Friday briefly blocked the road near the Masnaa border crossing in east Lebanon to protest a debilitating siege of a Syrian border town where many residents have reportedly starved to death. A similar protest was held in Beirut's Hamra area near the Lebanese Red Cross headquarters after Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya, viewed as the Lebanese branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, called on its supporters to rally against the situation in the town of Madaya, which is being besieged by Syrian President Bashar Assad's troops. The protesters at the Masnaa border crossing into Syria, including human rights activists, rallied under heavy rain to express frustration with the international community's failure to intervene to end the crisis in Madaya.Protesters also held the flags of the rebel Free Syrian Army which is fighting to topple the regime.The March 14 coalition also condemned the siege of Madaya, saying that starving the town's residents amounted to a war crime.
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