MAJDAL SHAMS: Israeli troops shot at Palestinian protesters on its frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday, killing up to 13 people who were marking Nakba Day, when Palestinians mourn the creation of Israel.
Troops opened fire in three separate border locations to prevent crowds of demonstrators, some lobbying rocks, from crossing Israeli frontier lines, in the deadliest such confrontation in years.
Israel called it a cynical provocation inspired by Iran, to exploit Palestinian nationalist feeling fuelled by the popular revolts of the "Arab Spring" across the Middle East, and to draw attention from major internal unrest inside Syria, its ally.
The Syrian foreign ministry condemned what it called Israel's "criminal activities," the state news agency SANA said. ...