Amnesty International has urged Israel to take "necessary steps" to ensure anyone fleeing Syria be allowed to benefit from effective and systematic protection procedures in a letter sent to Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Saturday.

The statement comes in response to Barak after he was quoted as saying he would act to prevent Syrian refugees from entering the Golan Heights.

Amnesty said in a statement, "Israel has an obligation to protect all individuals against refoulement ... any actions or omissions on their part which result in anyone in flight being rejected at the Syrian/Israeli-controlled Golan Heights border would constitute refoulement in violation of Israel’s international obligations."

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