'Israel sent message to neighbors: Stop future breaches'

Ayalon says message sent to Syria; general closure on West Bank extended by 24 hours as security establishment prepares for additional protests; dozens injured at demonstration outside embassy in Cairo, Allenby bridge.

May 16, 2011 07:55
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Israel has sent messages to the governments of neighboring countries demanding that they prevent future events such as those that took place on the Syrian border Sunday in which protesters infiltrated the border, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told Army Radio Monday morning.

The security establishment was preparing Monday for another day of demonstrations throughout the country and West Bank following deadly clashes, demonstrations and border breaches on Sunday.

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A general closure on the West Bank that was due to expire just before midnight Sunday was extended by Defense Minister Ehud Barack and Chief of General-Staff Benny Gantz. The extended closure will end at 11:59 p.m. on Monday.

"Nakba Day" demonstrations continued throughout the night on Sunday in Jordan and Egypt with dozens injured.

Twenty-four people were injured in a protest that took place Sunday outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo, official Egyptian news agency MENA reported.

Egyptian police fired teargas to force back several hundred pro-Palestinian demonstrators who had broken through a barricade in front of the embassy, witnesses said.

Jordanian police forcibly dispersed protesters who approached the Allenby Bridge with the intention of crossing into Israel, Army Radio reported. Jordan denied reports that two demonstrators were shot dead by police.

In Syria, the ruling Baath party issued a statement saying, "the leadership of [Syrian President Bashar] Assad remains as committed as ever to restoring the rights of the Palestinian people," responding to Sunday's events in the Golan Heights.

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Reuters contributed to this report.

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