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Israeli troops on high alert for Al-Quds Day

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June 7, 2011 | 10:14 am

Israeli troops on the Syrian border and in Jerusalem remained on high alert as Palestinians prepared to mark Al-Quds Day.

Al-Quds Day, observed by Arabs this year on Tuesday, marks Israel’s capture of eastern Jerusalem during the Six-Day War in 1967.

Israeli forces have remained on high alert since Sunday, when hundreds of Syrian protesters converged on Israel’s northern border and attempted to breach it. Syrian officials say 23 protesters were killed by Israeli soldiers during the clashes, though Israeli officials say that number was artificially inflated in order to distract attention from Syrian deaths at the hands of government forces.

Jerusalem forces will remain on high alert until the end of the Shavuot holiday on Wednesday night in Israel.

Meanwhile, 14 people were reported killed and dozens injured in a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria Monday after refugees attacked the headquarters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine following the funeral of one of the Palestinians killed in the Naksa Day violence Sunday.

The attackers reportedly were angry at the terrorist organization for sending the refugees to the border.

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