Israel to complain to UN over Nakba Day conflagrations
Israel says Syria and Lebanon violated international law and Security Council resolutions when Nakba Day protesters from those countries breached the border.
The Israeli delegation to the United Nations said yesterday it would file a complaint to the UN Security Council against Syria and Lebanon regarding Sunday's Nakba Day border clashes, Army Radio reported.
Israel says Syria and Lebanon violated international law and Security Council resolutions when Nakba Day protesters from those countries breached the border fence and clashed with the Israel Defense Forces. Fourteen demonstrators were killed.
Meanwhile, the Lebanese delegation to the United Nations filed a complaint against Israel after the Lebanese Army said 10 people were killed and 112 were wounded in Maroun a-Ras when the IDF fired on demonstrators trying to cross the border.
The Lebanese Army said it was in a state of maximum alert and had coordinated with UN peacekeepers in southern Lebanon "to prevent the enemy from continuing its targeting of the masses and its violation of Lebanese sovereignty."
The White House accused Syria of inciting the clashes, saying Damascus was trying to distract attention from its own violent crackdown on protests.
White House spokesman Jay Carney expressed regret for the loss of life but said Israel "has the right to prevent unauthorized crossing at its borders."
Carney said the administration was "strongly opposed to the Syrian government's involvement in inciting yesterday's protests in the Golan Heights."
According to Carney, "It seems apparent to us that this is an effort to distract attention from the legitimate expressions of protest by the Syrian people, and from the harsh crackdown that the Syrian government has perpetrated against its own people."
The Obama administration has tightened sanctions on senior Syrian officials to try to pressure Damascus to halt its crackdown on pro-democracy protests, but international human rights groups have criticized Washington for not taking stronger action.
Israeli security forces were on alert for more violence yesterday, fearing that Sunday's events may serve as a model for more violence and trigger further protests for Palestinian refugees.
The IDF said Israel's frontiers were quiet, though security forces remained on alert.
The Israel Police yesterday arrested an unarmed man from Syria who tried to make his way out of the Golan Heights into central Israel.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man was stopped in a taxi driven by a Palestinian from East Jerusalem at the exit of the Golan village of Majdal Shams.
Rosenfeld said the police carried out house-to-house searches in Majdal Shams all night looking for some of the hundreds of people from Syria who burst through the border fence Sunday.