Israeli troops gird for more Syria border violence


DANIELLA CHESLOW


An Israeli soldier sets a new barbed wire on the border wire fence at the Israeli side, near the Lebanese-Israeli border village of Kfar Kila, south Lebanon, on Sunday, June 5, 2011. Palestinian organizers of a march to the border planned for Sunday marking the 1967 Arab-Israeli war’s anniversary said they have canceled the action. The cancellation came after Lebanese authorities declared the area around the shared border with Israel a closed military zone in an attempt to prevent the border march. Photo: Lutfallah Daher / AP

MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights – Israeli troops are bracing for more border violence after a day of deadly clashes with pro-Palestinian protesters who tried to surge into the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights from Syria.

Several dozen demonstrators were camped out on the Syrian side of the border overnight, but the Israeli military says all was quiet early Monday.

Syrian TV had reported that 20 people died and dozens more were wounded on Sunday by Israeli soldiers who opened fire to block protesters from entering Israeli-controlled territory.

Israel blamed the regime in Damascus for the violence, accusing it of instigating border unrest to deflect attention from a brutal crackdown on opposition forces at home.

The marchers passed by Syrian and U.N. outposts on their way to the frontier.

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