Hezbollah Chief: Naksa Day Protesters Sent Clear Message to Israel

Hezbollah chief slams Israel's violent response to Syrian protesters trying to breach the Israeli Golan Heights border, says U.S. only committed to Israel's security.

Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah on Monday praised the Syrian protesters who tried to breach Israel's borders as part of the Naksa Day rallies marking 44 years since the 1967 Six-Day War, adding that they sent a clear message to Israel with their actions.

"The stubbornness of the youth in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights to cross the border is a clear message with regards to the inherent desire of this nation," Nasrallah said.

Syria said on Monday that 23 people were killed in Sunday's "Naksa Day" rally along the Syrian border with Israel.

Nasrallah June 1, 2011.

The IDF said that since all the casualties were on the Syrian side of the border it was unable to provide an exact count, but it expressed great skepticism about the Syrian figures. Soldiers fired "with precision" at the bottom half of the bodies of the protesters, the army said.

Speaking via video at a rally held to mark the Iranian revolution, Nasrallah praised the protesters'' "tenacity", saying they succeeded in "doing away with the mask on the face of the American government."

"This proves again that Washington is fully committed to only the security of Israel," Nasrallah said.

The Hezbollah chief invoked a prediction that Iran's Ayatollah Khameni made, saying that Sunday's events proved that "there is no reason to trust the United States and no reason to reach a compromise with Israel."

Meanwhile, Israel said that it will complain to the United Nations over what it said was Syria's use of demonstrators to challenge Israel's sovereignty, following Sunday's violence. The complaint would focus on Syria's "manipulation of its own citizens to generate violent incidents at the border," Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said.

The IDF also accused the Syrian government of creating a deliberate provocation in an effort to divert world attention from its ongoing bloody repression of pro-democracy protests at home.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said live Israeli fire had caused casualties and UN monitors were "seeking to confirm facts".