Syria Media: 2 Protesters Killed, 10 Wounded as Palestinians Clash With IDF Near Border

Hundreds of protesters gather near border with Israel on Golan Heights as Palestinians mark 44 years to the beginning of the 1967's Six-Day War.

Israel Defense Forces soldiers opened fire at hundreds of Palestinians amassing near Israel's border with Syria on the Golan Heights on Sunday, firing tear gas and other demonstration dispersal weaponry in an attempt to break up the Naksa Day rallies.

Reports by Syrian media claimed two protesters were killed, with 10 others wounded.

Yaron Kaminsky

Events began earlier Sunday, as dozens of Syrians amassed near the country's border with Israel, as Israeli security forces braced for possible border clashes with protesters marking Naksa Day, the anniversary of the start of the 1967 Six-Day War.

Initial reports claimed that the protesters had begun to gather at the foot of what is known as "The Hill of Shouting," opposite the Druze Golan town of Majdal Shams.

The Israel Defense Forces Northern Command went on high alert earlier Sunday ahead of a potential attempt by thousands of Palestinian refugees from the Damascus area to storm the border of the Golan Heights as a way of marking Naksa Day.

The IDF Central Command and Southern Command also declared a high alert in case of an outbreak of violence near the West Bank and the Gaza Strip respectively, although the northern border seemed the most likely flashpoint for clashes.

The two likely locations where clashes were expected were thought to be the border crossing at Quneitra and the "The Hill of Shouting." The latter location is the same spot where some 180 refugees crossed the border three weeks ago, at least four of whom were killed by IDF fire.

The possibility that refugees will seek to storm the border from the direction of Maroun al-Rass in Lebanon, opposite Moshav Avivim, is considered less likely following the Lebanese army's announcement that the entire area opposite the border with Israel is a closed military zone.