Document supposedly shows Syrian role in Nakba Day clashes

June 14, 2011 17:20

A document supposedly leaked by the governor of a south-western Syrian province indicates that the "Nakba Day" protesters who breached the Syrian-Israel border last month were not only encouraged by but organized by the Syrian government. The document nor its source could be independently verified.

The document, which was apparently leaked to Telegraph blogger and Communications Director of the neo-conservative Henry Jackson Society, is supposedly a memo summarizing an "urgent meeting" convened by local Syrian authorities along the Israeli border and high-ranking Syrian military officials on May 14, 2011, one day before the "Nakba Day" protests that left a handful of people dead.

According to the letter, local security officials were ordered not to hinder the 20 buses that brought protesters to the Israeli border and not to stop them from crossing the boundary. Furthermore, it implies that Syrian security forces took part in the cross-border "Nakba Day" violence.

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