Deadly shootings along Israeli borders draw condemnation, call for restraint

16:10, May 16, 2011      

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Lebanese and Syrian officials lashed out at Israel on Sunday after Israeli gunfire killed over a dozen Palestinian and pro-Palestinian protesters in a surge of border demonstrations.

The United Nations (UN) urged all relevant parties to exercise restraint and prevent more bloodshed and reiterated the need for an early realization of Arab-Israeli peace.

Sunday marked the 63rd Nakba Day, or day of catastrophe, which the Palestinians have observed annually to commemorate their massive displacement following the 1948 creation of Israel.

At least 10 people were killed and 112 others were wounded in the southern Lebanese village of Maroun al-Ras near the Lebanon-Israel frontier, a security source told Xinhua.

Meanwhile, Israeli troops also opened fire at Arab protesters on the disputed Golan Heights at the Israel-Syria border, leaving two people dead and 72 others injured, according to the official SANA news agency.

Similar bloodshed also occurred along the border between the Jewish state and Gaza Strip, where a Palestinian teenager was killed and 82 others were wounded.

Israeli troops defended the gunfire as a measure to prevent the demonstrators from entering Israeli territory, and accused the killed Gaza resident of attempting to plant a bomb. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that his country was determined to defend its borders and sovereignty.

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