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Syrian police block protesters from Israeli border

A day after 14 pro-Palestine protesters were killed at the Syrian-Israeli border, Syrian police prevent more protesters from reaching the occupied Golan territory

AP , Monday 6 Jun 2011
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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 kilometres) away, and the second is just half a mile (one kilometre) 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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