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Israel to UN: Syria’s border provocations carry serious potential for escalation

Israeli delegation to UN writes complaint letter over Naksa Day to UN chief, says Syrian government bears responsibility for any harm caused to individuals who tried to breach Israel's border.


By Haaretz Service and Barak Ravid

June 7, 2011 | 11:35 am

The Israeli delegation to the United Nations has dispatched a complaint letter to the UN chief and the president of the UN Security Council condemning Syria’s “dangerous provocations” on its border with Israel on Sunday.

Haim Waxman, the deputy chief of Israel’s delegation to the UN, stressed in his letter that the Syrian government bears the responsibility for any harm caused to the individuals who tried to breach the disengagement line with Israel on Naksa Day, the anniversary of Israel’s victory in the 1967 war.

According to Syrian media reports, Israel Defense Forces soldiers killed 22 protesters trying to cross from Syria into Israel on Sunday.

Waxman emphasized that the IDF acted with restraint while handling the protesters and that Israel had repeatedly alerted all parties regarding the “explosive potential of protests planned for June 5 2011.”

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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