Israeli forces kill three protesters in clashes at Syria border: report
If the deaths are confirmed, it would mark the second time in two weeks that protests at Israel's border with Syria turned deadly.
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Syrian state television is reporting that Israeli soldiers killed at least three protesters after opening fire on Palestinian demonstrators in Syria as they tried to cross the border.
The Israeli military has not yet reported any causalities, but does acknowledge that its forces fired warning shots.
The crowd had gathered to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War, which is still a hot button issue as many Palestinians are calling for a return to the borderlines as they were drawn on the eve of the war.
If the deaths are confirmed, it would mark the second time in two weeks that protests at Israel's border with Syria turned deadly. At least a dozen people were killed on May 15 when thousands of Palestinians massed along the border with Israel in Syria and Lebanon to commemorate the anniversary of the creation of Israel.
Israeli forces along the border with Syria, as well as near or in Gaza and the West Bank were placed on high alert ahead of today's anniversary, reports Israel’s Haaretz newspaper. There was less concern along Israel’s border with Lebanon, as the Lebanese military had declared the border area a closed military zone.
“Unfortunately, extremist forces around us are trying today to breach our borders and threaten our communities and our citizens. We will not let them do that,” said Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an article by the Associated Press. “I have instructed our security forces to act with resolve, with maximum restraint but with resolve in order to safeguard our sovereignty, our borders, our communities and our citizens.”