June 5, 2011 by staff
Golan Heights, Israel was accused of fatally shooting a maximum of 20 demonstrators on Sunday after Palestinian refugees and their supporters gathered in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.
Hundreds of demonstrators were attacked as they moved towards the ceasefire line separating the territory near undisputed Syrian Golan Heights occupied by Israel in the Six Day War of 1967.
The march, led by the attempted recovery of refugees to their homes lost to Israel in a war in early 1948, was the second of its kind in just over three weeks. Four protesters were killed last month after the border wall was breached.
The demonstrators, carrying Palestinian flags and occasionally threw stones, do not approach on Sunday, although some did make it in a buffer zone on the Syrian side of the fence.
When approached, the applause of the Syrian citizens watching from rooftops in the Golan Heights, Israeli troops broadcast warnings through loudspeakers, saying. “Anyone who approaches the fence will be responsible for their own blood anyone who tries to cross the border will be killed.”
Israeli officials said at least 12 protesters were injured when soldiers fired at the legs, but no confirmed reports of doctors in Syria and in Damascus on state television that 20 had been killed.
The protesters said they were hoping to emulate Hassan Hijazi, who made it to his former home in the Israeli coastal city of Jaffa after the last protest before surrendering to police.
“We want this time to remind America and the world that we have a right to return to our country,” said Mohammed Hassan, a refugee from 16 years old, wounded in both feet.
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