Israeli troops kill 20 in Syrian border protests

MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights (Agencies) – Israeli troops opened fire on Sunday as protesters from Syria stormed a ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights, with Damascus saying 20 demonstrators were killed and scores more were wounded.

The clashes, marking the anniversary of the 1967 Mideast war, drew Israeli accusations that Syria was orchestrating the violence to shift attention away from a bloody crackdown on opposition protests at home, the Associated Press reported.

“This border has been quiet for decades, but only now with all the unrest in Syrian towns is there an attempt to draw attention to the border,” said Israel’s chief military spokesperson, Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai.

Hundreds of protesters rushed the ceasefire line, cutting through barbed wire as they tried to enter the Golan Heights in a repeat of demonstrations last month that saw thousands mass along Israel’s north, Agence France-Presse reported.

Similar protests were held in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, and various events were held in commemoration of the occasion in Jordan

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