Munib Masri being carried by fellow protestors to the ambulance in Maroun el Ras. (Photo by Nour Samaha)
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In the weeks leading up to a Nakba commemoration march back in 2011, social media outlets were flooded with messages and flyers calling for protesters to walk toward the Israeli borders in all the neighboring Arab countries in a campaign to show solidarity with Palestinians both in the occupied territories and in exile.Lebanese soldiers failed to deter the protesters from approaching the border once demonstrators had decided to protest at the fence rather than a designated nearby mountaintop site few hundred meters away from the border line.Masri, a Palestinian-American who was at the time a 23-year-old geology student at the American University of Beirut, was one of the more severely wounded.He was rushed to hospital with complications due to a significant loss of blood and the explosion of the expanding bullet on impact. Masri goes on to say, "they had to put me on the floor of the ambulance, and I started to pray". There were two other wounded protesters in the ambulance with him, including a fellow AUB student.
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