4 dead, 12 hurt on Israeli-Syrian border in 'Naksa day' clashes

The Jerusalem Post is reporting Israeli troops fired on "armed men on the Syrian side of the border" resulting in 4 dead and at least 12 injured. Syria says the dead and injured were Palestinian protestors who gathered on the border to mark "Naksa Day" - what the Palestinians refer to as a "setback" from the 1967 war.

Syrian television on Sunday reported that four people were killed and 10 injured along the Syria-Israel border in the Golan Heights near Majdal Shams, reportedly from IDF fire. The IDF spokesperson said that the only information it had on deaths on the border were Syrian reports and therefore, it could not confirm the number of people killed or if there were any deaths.

After several hours of clashes, IDF began allowing Red Cross teams access to the Syrian border area in order to evacuate wounded protesters, Channel 10 reported.

Two armed men were identified near the border fence in Kunetra, on the Syrian side of the border, the IDF Spokesman told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday afternoon.

There was no further official information about he identity of the gunmen, or their proximity to the border but a security official suggested that the men could be Syrian police or army forces

Prior to spotting the armed men, according to the IDF spokesperson, around 150 people managed to cross to the Syrian side of the fence, entering a mined zone between the two fences in the Majdal Shams area.

These kinds of provocations will continue through the expected UN vote in the fall on the establishment of a Palestinian state. They are designed to build sympathy for the Palestinians in the world community and highlight what the Palestinians claim is oppression from Israel.

Too many westerners are being taken in by this kabuki dance - especially those predisposed to take the Palestinian side anyway.