Israeli security forces brace for more "Nakba" violence

11:04, May 17, 2011      

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The Israeli security forces on Monday remained on heightened alert in the wake of violent clashes that erupted along the country's northern borders with Syria and Lebanon the previous day.

Israel's northern frontiers were again calm on Monday after four pro-Palestinian demonstrators were killed while attempting to breach the security fence on the Syrian border as part of events commemorating Nakba, the annual Palestinian "mourning" of the creation of Israel.

Nearly 50 of them managed to break through the border fence and enter Majdal Shams, a Druze village inside Israel.

At least four protestors were killed in another protest rally that took place in Maroun a-Ras, a Lebanese village that borders Israel. It is yet unclear who opened fire on the Lebanese.

A general closure on the West Bank ending on Sunday midnight was extended for 24 hours, according to an army press release.

The large-scale deployment of Israel Defense Forces troops and police in the West Bank, northern Israel and the Gaza Strip border is expected to remain in force in the coming days to deal with further potential demonstrations.

On Sunday night, Israel Police arrested a Syrian national who infiltrated the border fence during a clash earlier in the day and remained inside Israel long hours after the demonstration was quelled.

The infiltrator, 34, was apprehended at a checkpoint set up at the exit to Majdal Shams. A police spokesman said the man did not carry an identity card or passport and boarded a taxi with a plan to reach central Israel, reported local daily The Jerusalem Post.

Source: Xinhua
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