Clashes on Israeli border and internally
The Syrian government faced more problems over the weekend with clashes between protesters and Israeli authorities taking place on the joint border.
The clashes took place along the Golan Heights on the anniversary of the Six Day War which was fought between 6th – 10th June, 1967. Although Israeli forces were said to have been aiming at feet, snipers killed 20 people in the border clashes yesterday.
Elsewhere in Syria there were further protests with as many as 65 people killed in clashes with security forces. Many protesters are rallying around the death of 13 year old Hamza al-Khatib who was said to have been tortured to death by security forces. A Facebook page for the boy has more than 15,000 supporters already.
The Syrian news agency SANA reported the border clashes as follows:
“Minister of Health Dr. Wael al-Halqi said that the number of martyrs who fell on Sunday due to the Israeli attack on scores of the Syrian and Palestinian youths who gathered close to the occupied Syrian Golan borders on the anniversary of June Naksa (Setback), reached 23 martyrs including a child, a woman and a journalist.
In a statement to SANA, Minister al-Halqi said that 350 people received gunshot wounds from the Israeli attack and that 256 others inhaled gas and suffered contusions.”