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12 dead on Syrian, Lebanese borders by Israeli fire

May 15, 2011 2:56 P.M. (Updated: May 28, 2011 8:08 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- As many as 12 were said killed by Israeli fire in incidents on the Syrian and Lebanese borders on Sunday, as Palestinians marked the 63rd anniversary of the expulsion from their homes.

Two people were killed and four critically hurt by the gunfire after protesters from Syria entered the occupied Golan Heights, a Druze doctor who tended them told AFP, while other reports said four had been killed.

Protesters from the Syrian Golan breached the border with the Israeli-controlled half of the plateau, prompting Israeli troops to fire in the air and use tear gas, Israeli defense sources said.

A statement from Israel's military said "forces fired selectively towards rioters who were targeting security infrastructure and some were injured as a result."

Staff at the local medical center in the Druze border town of Majdal Shams said one of the men was shot in the head and the other in the chest. They said they treated another 20 people with light to moderate injuries.

The protesters, part of the Syrian Druze community separated from their families when Israel occupied the southern half of the Golan heights in 1967, breached the border, crossing almost a kilometer of minefields at the border zone.

The United Nations patrols the area, which was illegally annexed by Israel. Border crossings remain closed between Israel and Syria, making visits between families separated by the border almost impossible.

The border breach was called "very serious and violent" by Israeli army spokeswoman Avital Liebowitz, while Syria issued a statement condemning the fire on residents from its south, and also labeled as "criminal" shots fired toward Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, saying Israel bore full responsibility for the deaths.

The army accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime of "organizing" the violence as a means to divert international attention from pro-democracy protests sweeping his country.

"Syrian authorities organized this violent incident in order to divert world opinion away from what is happening in their cities," army spokeswoman Leibovitz said.

"Syria is a police state," the official added. "Demonstrators do not randomly approach the border without the prior approval of the central government."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said he would make a statement on the incident at 1500 GMT.

Channel 1 television reported that its correspondent in Majdal Shams, a Druze town on the Golan, said he had come across 30-40 infiltrators in its main square, some of who said they were Palestinians from Yarmuk refugee camp in Damascus.

Local religious leaders escorted a number of the outsiders to the point where they crossed the frontier and sent them back they way they had they come, through a minefield, local residents told AFP.

The army sealed off the town and its immediate surroundings and carried out house-to-house searches for infiltrators, defense sources said.

Forces fire on refugees in Lebanon protests

Israeli gunfire killed ten people and wounded 112 others at the country's border with Lebanon, a medical source in southern Lebanon told AFP, revising an earlier toll.

Thousands of mainly Palestinian refugees demonstrated, a Lebanese security official said, calling for the right to return to their homes in what is now Israel, and condemning their expulsion from the are in 1948 when the State of Israel was created.

An Israeli military statement said "several rioters attempted to breach the border fence and to infiltrate into Israeli territory," noting that soldiers responded with "warning shots."

The statement held the governments of Lebanon and Syria "responsible for any violence or provocation towards Israel that emanates from their respective territories."
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