Monday, May 16, 2011

Clashes leave 170 injured in Israeli border

At least 15 people were killed and over 170 injured in the protests that took place in the region to mark the Day of Nakba (Catastrophe), in which the Palestinians commemorate the exile and the loss of their homes and land that was the foundation the State of Israel, 14 May 1948. The main fighting took place in the Golan Heights, territory occupied by Israel from Syria in the Six Day War of 1967.

Several hundreds of Palestinians from refugee camps in southern Syria crossed the line to manifest in the Druze town of Majdal Shams in the Golan occupied by Israel. The protesters arrived at the border fence with Palestinian and Syrian flags, and when crossed to the height of the "hills of the screams," a place where the Druze of the Golan communicate with their relatives in Syria, were received by the dead Israeli soldiers.

Because some of the victims were on the side controlled by Israel, and the other on the Syrian side so far is difficult to establish the bottom line. Those who did manage to penetrate several tens as the Israeli army and some 150 according to Channel 1 of Israeli television, came to the Plaza Tahrir (the Liberation) Majdal Shams to demand Israel repeatedly, with massive public support local Druze: "Give us back our land, give us back our land!".

Ten Israeli soldiers and three civilians were wounded in clashes on the plateau, where a few refugees were still waiting to be returned to Syria. For its part, the Jordanian state news agency, Petra, said law enforcement officials had to intervene to prevent clashes between protesters and neighbors near the border with the West Bank.

Activists belonging to the group called on May 15 had gathered in the town of Karameh, near the border, but security forces prevented them from reaching the second consecutive day the King Hussein Bridge on the River Jordan. The Day of the Nakba ("catastrophe" in Arabic) is commemorated every year on May 15 to remember the consequences for the Palestinians was the foundation of the State of Israel in 1948, and demand the return of more than four million refugees scattered around the world.

A constant fight Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq against Israel.

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