Sunday, June 5, 2011

Israel Opens Fire on Naksa Day Protesters

At Washington Post, "Palestinian protesters attempt to cross Israeli border from Syria, troops open fire."

Israeli army spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai accused Syria of creating “a provocation” at the border to divert attention from the Syrian government’s deadly crackdown on the uprising in that country.

In a sign of official backing for the protests, the border clashes were broadcast live on Syrian television, with comments from participants, and reporters were permitted direct access to the normally closed frontier zones.

Near the village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, scores of Palestinians and Syrian supporters who arrived in buses from Damascus streamed down a hillside and marched toward the frontier, carrying Palestinian and Syrian flags and chanting “Palestine is Arab!” and “the Golan is Syrian!”

When the protesters tried to cross a trench and earth berms topped with razor wire, which had been put up by the Israeli military to block their approach, army sharpshooters opened fire at the marchers from a border fence nearly 150 yards away.

The army spokesman said that troops had fired warning shots before shooting at the legs of the demonstrators. The gunfire was accompanied by loudspeaker warnings in Arabic that those who approached the border fence were endangering their lives.
Also at Los Angeles Times, "Israel fires on pro-Palestinian protesters at Syrian border."

Added: At Legal Insurrection, "Assad Sends More Palestinian Cannon Fodder Over Israel Border." (via Memeorandum).


Greywolfe said...

See, that's what I think our boder guards should be doing. Give them a warning, then give them a limp.