Thousands of Palestinians participate in funeral processions in Syria

15:33, June 07, 2011      

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Mourners carry on one of the coffins of seven Palestinians who were gunned down, along with 16 others a day earlier by Israeli troops as they were trying to cross the Syrian-Israeli borders to commemorate the "Naksa Day", or "setback day", in Damascus, Syria, Jun 6, 2011. (Xinhua/Bassim)

Thousands of Palestinians participated Monday in a funeral processions of 10 Palestinians killed a day earlier during clashes with Israeli troops in the Golan Heights.

The coffins, wrapped in Palestinian flags, were carried on shoulders by mourners before being buried.

The 10 victims were among the 24 Palestinians, whose bodies were carried earlier the day by ambulances from southern Syria towards Damascus.

The 10 bodies were buried at the Martyrs Cemetery in the Yarmouk refugees camp in Damascus, while the 14 others were buried earlier the day in refugee camps.

Mourners waved Palestinian and Syrian flags, carried posters of the 10 men and hold up banners, one of them reading "our martyrs are torches on the road of return."

Israeli army on Sunday responded with heavy fire to thousands of unarmed pro-Palestinians marches at the cease-fire line between Syria and Israel, killing 24 people and wounding 350 others, according to an official list emailed to Xinhua by the Syrian Health Ministry.

Groups of Syrians and Palestinian refugees tried Sunday to cross the barbed wire fences into the Israeli-controlled Majdal Shams, to mark the "Naksa Day," or "setback day", the anniversary of the 1967 War, in which Israel seized control of the Golan Heights, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and northern Sinai.

A Syrian Foreign Ministry source said Monday that Syria strongly condemned the "flagrant" aggression launched Sunday against "unarmed" Palestinians and Syrians, whom it said were " confirming their normal and legal right to liberate lands and return," according to the official SANA news agency.

Source: Xinhua

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