'FM to petition UN on Syria over border provocations'

Belief that Assad sent Naksa Day rioters to border to deflect from unrest inside Syria leads Lieberman to complain at UN, Israel Radio reports.

June 6, 2011 12:57
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman plans to file a complaint with the United Nations against Syria for its use of Palestinian demonstrators to challenge Israel's sovereignty, Israel Radio reported on Monday.

The report came following border clashes on Sunday's Naksa Day, in which hundreds of protesters attempted to infiltrate Israel's borders in two separate locations.

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A government official stated that it was clear the Syrian government gave the green light for the protesters to move toward the border.

“One can only suppose that there was a decision taken in Syria to exploit the situation to change the subject from what is going on inside Syria,” the official said. The official also asked whether the Palestinians feel comfortable “being used as a propaganda tool by an authoritative government butchering its own people.”

The Reform Syria opposition website said on Sunday that the “Naksa” protesters were poor farmers who were paid $1,000 by the Syrian regime to come to the border. The source also claimed that Syria has promised $10,000 to the families of anyone killed.

Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report

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