Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Israeli army fired on the border of Syria: 14 killed and 225 injured

On the day of the Naksa (the Arabic term that means the defeat of Arab armies in the Six Day War of 1967) is deployed on the Israel border to prevent demonstrators Arab exceed the fences, as was the case two weeks ago. The most serious accidents are reported on the occupied Golan heights where the military is involved in two attempts to repel hundreds of protesters Arabs to overcome the barbed wire: a near Majdal Shams, the second at Kuneitra.

The Syrian television reported that the Golan in those clashes, at least 14 demonstrators were killed and 225 wounded, but for NGOs on the territory of the dead could be more, maybe 35. On the ground are continuing sporadic incidents. Using megaphones, the Israeli soldiers in Arab demonstrators warned that those who seek to overcome the fence at risk of being hit by bullets.

Sources informed the news agency Ansa has learned that morning in the Syrian army tried to stop several hundred Palestinian demonstrators on their way to the Golan. But other protesters are also able to get around those roadblocks. On the border between Israel and Lebanon, there were no incidents so far, apparently as a result of a massive deployment of the Lebanese national army forces.

In the Gaza Strip have been organized in remembrance of the events Naksa: Hamas, but departments have prevented the demonstrators from reaching the Erez crossing, the gateway to Israel. Incidents are also running in the West Bank, particularly at the point of Kalandya, between Ramallah and Jerusalem.

Palestinians protest marches were held in Hebron and near the Jewish settlement of Elon Moreh (Nablus). Meanwhile, tension is mounting at the Rafah crossing, between Gaza Strip and Egypt: Hamas has decided to block the move in response to restrictions imposed by the Egyptian authorities, who yesterday had unilaterally closed the crossing.

The head of the Palestinian side, Ayub Abu Shaar, stated that it was "awaiting the result of consultations between the Foreign Ministry Palestinian and the Egyptian government, which come after three days of confusion at the airport, the only step is not controlled by Israel . The closure of border crossing from Egypt yesterday had created dissatisfaction and protests among those who were waiting to leave the Strip.

According to the authorities in Cairo, the decision was due to the ongoing work that should be completed by Friday. The Egyptian media had subsequently announced the reopening of the border, but only to pedestrians. A fact denied by Palestinian officials, who were sent away by police from crossing travelers.

On 28 May, Egypt had decided to permanently reopen the Rafah crossing, closed since 2007 following the seizure of power in the Gaza Strip by the Islamist movement Hamas.

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