Israel files UN complaint over Syrian border provocations

June 7, 2011 21:47

Israel on Tuesday filed an official complaint to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon against Syria for its part in Sunday's Naksa Day border violence in which Syrian media reported 23 pro-Palestinian protesters attempting to infiltrate Israel were killed by the IDF. The IDF claims that Syria has intentionally exaggerated the number of dead and the Red Cross has been unable to confirm the figures.

In the letter of complaint, Israel complains that the incident "which could not have taken place without the knowledge of the Syrian authorities — reflects a blatant attempt by Syria to distract international attention from the violent repression of its own people."

The complaint urged the international community to warn Syria that "such provocations carry serious potential for escalation and must cease completely."

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