Syrian police block protesters from Israeli border

June 6, 2011 - 5:44 AM
Mideast Israel Palestinians Syria

Israeli troops patrol along the border between Israel and Syria near the village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights early Monday, June 6, 2011. Israeli troops are bracing for more border violence after a day of deadly clashes with pro-Palestinian protesters who tried to surge into the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights from Syria. Several dozen demonstrators were camped out on the Syrian side of the border overnight, but the Israeli military says all is quiet early Monday. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights (AP) — Syrian police are preventing pro-Palestinian marchers from approaching the border with the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, a day after deadly clashes with Israeli troops there.

Police have set up a pair of checkpoints near the border area. One is about two miles (five kilometers) away, and the second is just half a mile (one kilometer) away.

Security forces have been telling people not to cross and sending them away.

On Sunday, hundreds of pro-Palestinian marchers tried to breach the border as they marked the anniversary of the Arab defeat in the 1967 Mideast war.

Israeli forces opened fire at protesters who cut through a border fence, killing some 20 people and wounding dozens more.

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Albert Aji in Quneitra, Syria, contributed to this report.