Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA'S RAMAPHOSA HAILS 'NEW DAWN' IN STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

A controversial Chinese New Year

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

New Beginning? Ramaphosa Replaces Zuma in South Africa

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

On the green slopes: An eco-friendly revolution in French ski resorts?

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

The Élysée palace, France's presidential powerhouse

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Is the aviation industry free-riding on climate change efforts?

Read more

FOCUS

The revival of the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway line

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: Girls in Malawi victims of 'sexual cleansing' ritual

Read more

REVISITED

Video: How the 2014 Winter Olympics transformed Sochi

Read more

Middle east

At least ten killed along Israel-Syrian border

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-06-06

At least ten people were killed or wounded on the Syrian border with Israel during protests on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the 1967 war. The casualties were caused by rioters hurling firebombs which set off landmines, Israeli sources said.

AFP - The Israeli army on Monday said that 10 people had been killed or wounded a day earlier during mass protests along the ceasefire line with Syria in the Golan, all of them by landmines near Quneitra.

"Ten of yesterday's casualties were caused by the rioters who hurled firebombs at IDF troops, leading to explosion of landmines," the Israeli military said in a Twitter post, without giving an overall toll.

Asked to clarify, an army spokeswoman said "casualties" referred to both dead and injured, all of whom were caused by the explosion of landmines in no-mans land near Quneitra, which were detonated by Molotov cocktails thrown by the protesters.

"Ten of the casualties -- including dead and injured -- were caused by firebombs thrown by rioters which set off landmines in Quneitra," a spokeswoman said, without remarking on figures cited by Syrian TV which reported 23 people had been killed and 350 injured.

Troops also opened fire at protesters near Majdal Shams, but the spokeswoman did not give any other figures indicating anyone else had been injured or killed in that area.

The bloodshed occurred as hundreds of Palestinian refugees from Syria tried to breach the frontier at two locations in order to enter Israeli-controlled territory as they marked the 44th anniversary of losses sustained during the 1967 Six Day War, known in Arabic as the "Naksa" or "setback."

The mass protests along the border came three weeks after thousands of Palestinian refugees and their supporters tried to break through from Syria and Lebanon, leaving 10 dead when troops opened fire in similar circumstances.

Date created : 2011-06-05

  • ISRAEL - USA

    Netanyahu tells Congress no return to 1967 borders

    Read more

  • ISRAEL

    Deadly violence erupts on Israel’s borders

    Read more

COMMENT(S)