Israeli army braced for more protests along borders

10:25, June 08, 2011      

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The Israeli army forces stationed along the borders with Syria and Lebanon and in the West Bank remained on high alert Tuesday amid concerns of a repeat of Sunday 's "Naksa Day" bid by pro-Palestinian protestors to storm the Israel-controlled area.

Military sources said the troop deployment near the Golan Heights village of Majdal Shams, which overlooks the border with Syria, will continue on the "Al-Quds Day", or "Jerusalem Day", which marks Israel's capture of Jerusalem's eastern part in the 1967 war.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) also beefed up the presence of troops in the West Bank amid assessments of a potential outbreak of mass demonstrations there.

Syrian state television reported that 23 pro-Palestinian demonstrators were killed and over 300 were injured Sunday, when they attempted to cross the security barrier near Majdal Shams.

Israeli army officials said troops deployed near Majdal Shams had used live ammunition as a last resort, after the rioters ignored repeated warnings in Arabic not to approach the border fence. The soldiers had also fired warning shots in the air and at protesters' legs before sharpshooters were ordered to fire lethal shots.
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