Riots in Majdal Shams
Photo: Avihu Shapira
Heading to border
Photo: Avihu Shapira
Syrian protesters near border
Photo: Avihu Shapira

Syria: Israel's actions criminal

Damascus condemns IDF's use of force against Syrian infiltrators who crossed border, calls on international community to 'hold Israel responsible for deadliest confrontation along borders in years'

The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Sunday condemned Israel's "criminal activities" in the Golan Heights, the Palestinian territories and southern Lebanon, where Israeli forces had fired to disperse pro-Palestinian protests.


IDF troops shot at protesters in three separate locations to prevent crowds from crossing the border, leaving several dead and dozens wounded.


Syria's state-run news agency SANA quoted the foreign ministry as saying it "called on the international community to hold Israel responsible for the incidents, the deadliest such confrontation along the borders in years."


The statement added that "the popular Palestinian struggle is a result of Israel's continuous disregard of decisions made by international institutions, while continuing to plunder th Palestinians' rights and lands."


By Sunday afternoon, the infiltrators began to make their way back to Syria following negotiations between the IDF, police and Druze elders. The protesters received loud applause from thousands of people waiting on the other side of the border, after calling out to them: "We are on our lands." Several protesters remained in Israeli custody for investigation.


Syrian protesters at Israel border


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Syria-Israel border


During the Palestinian "Nakba Day", violent clashes involving the IDF also erupted in Lebanon, where according to local reports six people were killed and some 60 injured in Maroun al-Ras, near the border fence.


According to media reports, a man was also killed in the Gaza Strip and dozens were injured after protesters drew near the border fence.


Ten IDF soldiers and three Israeli citizens were lightly injured during clashes at the Syrian border. Six of the casualties received medical treatment on the scene, while the others were taken to the Ziv Medical Center in Safed.


The Syrian news agency reported that at least 100 protesters were wounded in clashes with IDF troops in Majdal Shams and Quneitra, however the report did not mention that the protesters infiltrated the border with Israel.


Quneitra hospital manager Ali Knaan reported that 60 casualties arrived at the hospital for treatment, adding that more than 20 were injured from IDF fire and arrived in moderate to serious condition, while the others sustained injuries from teargas grenades.


Reuters contributed to this report



פרסום ראשון: 05.15.11, 18:28
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