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television on Sunday reported that three people were killed and 10 injured
the Syria-Israel border in the Golan Heights near Majdal Shams, reportedly from IDF fire.
The IDF spokesperson said that the only information it had on deaths on the border were Syrian reports and therefore, it could not confirm the number of people killed or if there were any deaths at all.
Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai described the latest disturbances on
the Israeli-Syrian border, "a Syrian attempt to create a
provocation and distract attention away from what is happening in Syria,
there is an unprecedented number of dead and injured."
According to the IDF spokesperson, around 150 people managed to cross to the Syrian side of the fence, entering a mined zone between the two fences.
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"We issued warnings for them to stop advancing. When they continued, we fired warning shots in the air," an IDF spokeswoman told The Jerusalem Post.
When the demonstrators continued toward the Israeli fence, they said, shots were fired at their lower bodies. "We know of 12 injuries," she added.
A second demonstration was observed on the Syrian border in Kunetra, where 200
to 300 demonstrators amassed. The IDF said there was no attempt to cross the
border at that event, and no injuries were recorded
forces were sending Arabic-language messages through loudspeakers over
the border, warning that anyone approaching the fence would be killed.
television also reported that demonstrators were attempting to breach
the fence at several other points in the Golan Heights, Channel 2
Earlier Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu warned that there are "radical elements who are trying to
breach [Israel's] borders to mark the anniversary of the start of the
Six Day War," speaking at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting. "We won't allow them to do it."
Netanyahu added that the security forces will act "firmly but with restraint."
"We see Syrian
soldiers not lifting a finger to stop the demonstrators," he said. "In Lebanon, we
see the Lebanese army exercising sovereignty and preventing demonstrators from
reaching the border."
The IDF, the spokesman added, "has learned lessons from Nakba day last
month. This is an army that investigates itself and learns lessons
quickly. Israel will now allow its borders to be breached."
IDF and police forces were on high alert and have shored up their presence on
several of Israel’s frontiers ahead of Sunday’s anticipated border marches to
commemorate the Palestinian “Naksa,” or “setback” in the 1967 Six Day War.
wide-scale Internet campaign has called for protests in the West Bank and
Jerusalem, on Israel’s borders with Syria, Lebanon and Jordan and outside its
embassies in Cairo and Amman.