Sunday, May 15, 2011

Many died at the borders of Israel for the 63th anniversary of "Nakba"

Commemorating the "Nakba," according to the name in the Arab world from the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 and the Palestinian exodus that ensued was bloody Sunday, May 15 by unprecedented violence that killed at least twelve dead and hundreds injured, mostly in the outskirts of the Palestinian territories and Lebanon and the Syrian border.

In the Golan Heights, the Israeli army opened fire on Palestinian demonstrators who came from Syria who had entered the occupied part. Two protesters were killed and four seriously wounded, medics said. The calm had returned by early evening in this sector, where nearly 200 of the thousands of protesters had crossed the cease-fire.

This is one of the most serious border incidents between the two countries since the Arab-Israeli war of 1973. The Israeli army has accused the Syrian government of having "organized the violent demonstration in an attempt to divert world opinion of what is happening in their cities" and described the attack as "very serious".

The Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned that Israel was determined to defend "its borders and its sovereignty": "I have ordered the army to act with maximum restraint but also deny that our borders are enforced ". Damascus has "strongly denounced the Israeli crimes against our people in the Golan, Palestine and southern Lebanon," adding that "Israel must assume full responsibility for his actions." The Hebrew state has conquered that territory to Syria, which dominates the lake of Galilee, during the Six Day War of June 1967 and annexed it the end of 1981.

This annexation is not recognized by the international community. Syria, where the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad is facing two months since a popular protest unprecedented, houses 470 000 Palestinian refugees. In Tel Aviv, one person was killed and 17 others were injured when a truck crashed and overturned several vehicles pedestrians.

The driver, who was arrested is 22 years old and lives in Kafr Kassem, an Arab village in central Israel, said Micky Rosenfeld, spokesman for the police. Investigators trying to determine if it is a deliberate act or accident. Witnesses said he had acted deliberately. Ten people were also killed by Israeli gunfire on the Lebanese border, where thousands of Palestinian refugees had gathered in the village of Maroun ar-Ras, one kilometer from Israel, according to the Lebanese army.

The gunfire erupted after dozens of young protesters crossed the cordon of the Lebanese army to approach the wire, and started throwing stones at Israeli soldiers on the other side. A hundred Palestinians were also wounded in northern Gaza by army fire during a march of a thousand people towards the Israeli border terminal at Erez, it was learned from Palestinian medical services.

A young Palestinian was also killed by Israeli gunfire east of Gaza City. The Israeli army claimed to have shot a person who "posed an explosive device" at the border. On the other hand, at least 17 Palestinians were injured during violent clashes at the checkpoint Kalandia (West Bank), at the entrance to Jerusalem, and nine others in Hebron (southern West Bank).

"I salute the memory of our martyrs who fell today at the hands of Israeli occupation forces during a demonstration to commemorate the Nakba inside, the West Bank and Gaza, and Lebanon's borders and of Syria, "said President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas. "Their precious blood will not flow in vain, because it was paid for the freedom of the Palestinian people and their rights," he said, wishing "a speedy recovery to those injured." The "Nakba" resulted in the exodus of some 760,000 Palestinians, the starting point of the refugee issue, which currently number at least 4.8 million with their descendants, divided mainly between Jordan , Palestine, Syria and Lebanon.

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