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Gaza Intifada provocateur injured by IDF fire

Soldiers fire at Palestinians near Khan Yunis, injuring activist. In Syria Assad's army fires into crowds of pro-democracy protesters in Homs; while Lebanese army on high alert near Israeli border

Dozens of Palestinians approached the eastern security fence near Khan Yunis Friday, setting tires on fire and renewing the riots along the Israeli border.


A Palestinian activist marching for a 3rd Intifada was injured by IDF fire, according to Palestinians sources in the Gaza Strip.


An IDF official reported a group IDF soldiers fired in response, aiming at the lower half of the provocateur's body, injuring him.


The demonstrators proceeded to protest as they backed away from the fence.


Meanwhile, Northern Command Chief Major-General Gadi Eizenkot declared the northern Golan Heights area a restricted military zone until midnight Friday, as part of the IDF's deployment for possible demonstrations near the border fence.


The area's residents are free to come and go as usual.


The Lebanese army raised its alertness level in Maroun al-Ras near the Israeli border apparently due to information indicating Palestinians plan to visit the village and pray for the "victims of May 15 events", according to reports in Lebanon.


In the meantime, Syrian security forces fired live rounds into crowds gathered for at least two protests in the central city of Homs, an activist in the city said, as pro-democracy demonstrations erupted across the country on Friday.


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the coastal city of Banias, which was stormed by the army this month, witnessed the largest demonstration since the uprising began in southern Syria nine weeks ago.


Thousands joined protests in Banias, Qamishli, the capital Damascus and Homs, witnesses and activists said, defying heavy troop and security deployment to quell street protests against the autocratic rule of President Bashar Assad.


Elior Levy, Hanan Greenberg, Roee Nahmias and Reuters contributed to the report



פרסום ראשון: 05.20.11, 15:21
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