Monday, June 6, 2011

Israeli army kills 23 people in border area

The Israeli army fired on Syrian and Palestinian demonstrators trying to enter the Golan Heights, territory occupied by Israel, killing 23 people and wounding 350. Coinciding with the anniversary of the "Naksa" (the Arab defeat of June 1967), hundreds of protesters, waving Palestinian and Syrian flags, tried to cross a barbed wire barrier first, followed by a minefield near the town of Majdal Shams in the occupied Golan.

Contrary to commemorate the "Nakba" (the exodus of Palestinians following the creation of Israel in 1948) on 15 May, no protesters managed to cross the ceasefire line and the Israeli army spokesman, Yoav Mordechai announced that the situation was "under control". At night, several hundred young people of Majdal Chams-principal town of the Druze of the Golan ", attacked with stones at Israeli forces deployed to contain the demonstrators crowded the Syrian side of the plateau.

The clashes erupted when clouds of tear gas towards protesters on the Syrian side reached the town of Majdal Shams. Ali Kanaan, a doctor from the city of Kuneitra, stated that the deceased had been shot on the chest and head. "

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