An American University of Beirut student is in critical condition after he was shot in the back during deadly clashes along the South Lebanon-Israeli border on Sunday.
Munib Masri, 23, was shot by what appeared to be a dum-dum bullet, (though this remains unconfirmed) which exploded on impact, as he was retreating from the fence about five meters from the border with Israel, according to his friend, AUB graduate student Suha Afyouni, who was with him at the solidarity march to mourn the anniversary of the “Nakba” or “catastrophe” of Israel’s founding in 1948.
“He was turned around, he was leaving [the area] when he was shot,” Afyouni says.
Masri is a Palestinian who holds dual Jordanian and American citizenship. He is undergoing surgery today. He has already lost his left kidney and spleen in an earlier operation. His spine is also fractured, and he’s sustained injuries to his diaphragm, along with pieces of shrapnel lodged in his back.
Masri and Afyouni had gone down to the protest on Sunday with a group of other students and professors from AUB. Afyouni described the mood as very peaceful and calm until Israeli soldiers began shooting in the air during afternoon prayer, and that’s when things “just got out of control,” she says.
Afyouni was separated from Masri and did not witness the shooting, but said she is confident he wasn’t doing anything “remotely injurious” to provoke Israeli forces.
Israeli gunfire killed 12 people and wounded hundreds Sunday as Palestinians marched on Israel's borders with Lebanon, Syria and Gaza in a massive show of solidarity.
And here is a message from AUB's President Dorman:
During the demonstrations last Sunday at the southern border of
Lebanon, one of our students, Munib Rabih Masri, was grievously
injured. We are all shocked and saddened by this development, and our
thoughts and hearts are with Munib and his family.
We are appalled by the unrestrained use of deadly force against
unarmed protesters that has left one of our students in critical
Along with the entire AUB community, I wish Munib a full and speedy
recovery, and we continue to monitor his condition and to coordinate
with his family to provide all the support that we can.