Clashes erupt along Israel's border

Clashes erupted between pro-Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces in multiple locations along the country’s borders Sunday as tensions flared on a Palestinian mourning day marking the birth of the Jewish state.

Syrian state television said four protesters were killed by Israeli gunfire in the Golan Heights area, where Israeli’s military said dozens were wounded.

At least two people were killed and 20 others were injured in clashes along the border with Lebanon, officials said. And the Israeli military was attempting to push back demonstrators near the Gaza border, where medical sources said at least 65 people had been injured.

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“The Syrian regime (was) attempting to divert world attention from their brutal crackdown and to incite violence on the Israel-Syrian border,” she said.


Israel Forces Open Fire as Syrian Demonstrators Cross Border

Bloomberg, May 15

Israeli soldiers opened fire as demonstrators from Syria tried to cross the border, injuring dozens, during the day that Palestinians mark the establishment of the state of Israel with protests.

Israeli soldiers were trying to prevent thousands of demonstrators from entering Israel, the military said in a statement. Israel’s Channel 2 television said four Syrians were killed. The Israeli military said dozens of people were injured.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said the country’s border with Syria is tightly controlled by Syria and the crossing was a “calculated move” by the country’s government to distract attention from domestic turmoil.

The violence occurred on the anniversary of what Palestinians call the Nakba, or catastrophe, referring to their displacement in 1948 as a result of the creation of the state of Israel. At least 30 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were injured today when Israeli tanks fired shells near demonstrators marching toward the border fence with Israel, Gaza medical official Adham Abu Selmaya told reporters.

“Today’s incident was an incitement by Palestinians and I doubt the Syrians will allow it to escalate further,” said Shlomo Brom, a retired general and senior research fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies.


Deaths at Syria-Lebanon-Israel borders

Three killed as thousands flee violent crackdown in Syrian town, while four others shot and killed near Israeli border.

Al Jazeera, May 15

Three people have been shot dead and at least five others, including a Lebanese soldier, have been injured following gunfire near an unofficial border crossing between Syria and northern Lebanon.

They were targeted by snipers as they left a sit-in protest in the western Syrian town of Talkalakh on Sunday, a witness told the AFP news agency.

Syrian troops arrived in the town, just 5km from the Lebanese town of Wadi Khaled, on Saturday, prompting thousands to flee a violent crackdown that left killed four residents of the town dead – a day after a protest there against the government of president Bashar al-Assad.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces shot dead four Syrians who were taking part in a pro-Palestinian protest on the Syrian side of the border with the occupied Golan Heights, Syrian state TV reported. The protest was to commemorate the “Nakba”, a day Palestinians call the “catastrophe” – the anniversary of Israel’s creation.

As many as 300 people from the Syrian village of Majdal Shams overwhelmed border patrols and breached part of the frontier, an eyewitness told Al Jazeera.

3 comments to Clashes erupt along Israel's border

  • Raja

    Glitterazzi, By Kelly Ann Collins, May 15

    Our friends on Twitter are telling us that protests in Cairo against the Israeli Embassy have turned violent.

    From what we are hearing and seeing (via YouTube and TwitPic) there could be hundreds injured and several killed. The Army is involved and there are reports of tear gas being used, as well as bullets.

    Animals at the Cairo Zoo are also crying out as tear gas drifts into the animals’ cages.


    Protesters, police clash outside Israeli embassy in Cairo

    EGYPTIAN protesters clashed with police outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo today as army troops fired tear gas and shots into the air to disperse the crowd.

    AFP, May 16

    At least 24 people were injured in the clashes, according to the health ministry, quoted by the official MENA news agency.

    After several hours of clashes, “security officials managed to restore calm in the area with most protesters leaving,” MENA reported.

    Hundreds of protesters had gathered near the embassy in central Cairo to demand the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and the severance of ties with the Jewish state.


    What happened in the Israeli Embassy Stand on May 15th

    Mostafa Sheshtawy Blog, By Mostafa Sheshtawy, May 15

    I was there about 4:20, it was very peaceful the usual chants, the army was READY and tear gas masks were on their heads all the time, no contact happened between the protesters and the army in any form all day. The whole day session was just the same chants and debates everywhere.

    The night came in, people gathered right in front of the gate ( fence ) and kept protesting. The CSF ( Amn Markazy ) came to join the army and maybe help them in controlling the situation ! People chanted them to leave and funny enough , they did 5 minutes later !

    The protests were still peaceful, some of them shook the fence and hit it to make a loud noise, but still no treat, they have sticks !!!! and Army have guns. Basic math ! Suddenly the Army started to shoot in the air, people got scared and ran away for a while then came back chanting even louder !!

    After a while things calmed down and protesters started to chant again in a very peaceful way. An hour later, some individuals removed a small fence from above a small security check right next to the Gate (main fence). People started cheer and things got loud again. Those same individuals started chanting YET they raised their arms as they are trying to say they are peaceful and mean no harm. Then other stupid individuals started removing the main fence – I thought they wanna get in – and started removing everything between the ARMY and them.

    After they did , They just stood there ! NO ONE attacked the army, and no one tried to Force themselves in. The army stood and didn’t take any actions. less than 10 minuets later, the CSF ( Amn Markazy ) Came back and started shooting Tear gas EVERYWHERE !
    It started with tear gas , we were almost blinded – we were in the middle of the street , and in the middle of buildings – I’m sure many drivers, people in their house got choked by the gas, seconds later, Gun shots ! hundreds of them, right in front of the Embassy . below and over the bridge. MORE CSF are coming in their famous trucks, and that’s when i lost sight with what’s happening.


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Anonymous

    Dramatic video shows Palestinians, Syrians entering Israeli-occupied Golan Heights

    Electronic Intifada, By Ali Abunimah, May 15

    A dramatic video published by the website baladee.net shows the moment when hundreds of Palestinian refugees and Syrians break through the border fence from Syria into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights (part of Syria occupied by Israel in 1967 and illegally annexed in 1981).

    The video, which appears to be taken from the Israeli-occupied side shows a group of hundreds or perhaps thousands of marchers carrying Palestinian flags heading toward the boundary fence. Spectators on the Israeli-occupied side – apparently worried about the safety of the marchers – call on them to go back because of the danger of land mines.

    However, undeterred, the marchers continue, and break through the border fence as people on both sides call for the liberation of Palestine. As the marchers break through there are scenes of joy, high emotion and embraces with those on the Israeli-occupied side. One man is heard to say, “This is how liberation is.”

    Also, Zero Hedge: Casualty Reported As Protesters Storm Israel Embassy In Cairo; Video Of Palestinians, Syrians Entering Israel-Controlled Golan Heights


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Raja

    After clashes during Palestinian protests, Israeli army ponders tactics

    Washington Post, By Joel Greenberg, May 16

    JERUSALEM — A day after mass protests at Israel’s borders set off deadly clashes, Israelis expressed concern that an alarming new chapter had opened in their country’s conflict with the Palestinians.

    “The nightmare scenario that Israel has feared since its establishment came true: that Palestinian refugees would simply start walking from their camps across the border, and with their own two feet try to realize the right of return,” wrote Aluf Benn, a commentator in the Haaretz newspaper.

    The worry came amid intense scrutiny of Sunday’s clashes, in which Israel’s military used gunfire to repel Palestinian protesters who marched from Syria, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and breached the frontier in the Golan Heights.

    Among Palestinians, there was a sense of satisfaction at what was widely seen as the success of the coordinated protests, which were held on the anniversary of the establishment of Israel in 1948.

    “This shows that the occupation can be toppled,” Mahmoud al-Zahar, a leader of the militant group Hamas, said in a telephone interview from the Gaza Strip. “The role of the people has proven itself. Next time, millions will participate.”


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

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