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Israeli troops gird for more Syria border violence

Last Updated: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 12:39

Majdal Shams: Israeli troops are bracing for more border violence after a day of deadly clashes with pro-Palestinian protesters who tried to surge into the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights from Syria.

Several dozen demonstrators were camped out on the Syrian side of the border overnight, but the Israeli military says all was quiet early Monday.

Syrian TV had reported that 20 people died and dozens more were wounded on Sunday by Israeli soldiers who opened fire to block protesters from entering Israeli-controlled territory.

Israel blamed the regime in Damascus for the violence, accusing it of instigating border unrest to deflect attention from a brutal crackdown on opposition forces at home.
The marchers passed by Syrian and UN outposts on their way to the frontier.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 12:39

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