Tuesday, June 7, 2011

'Naksa' deaths spark Palestinian violence

Violence erupts in Syria refugee camp as mourners vent anger against Palestinian group over deaths in Israeli firing.


"A funeral for activists shot dead by Israeli forces as they sought to storm the occupied Golan Heights turned into violent protests against a Palestinian faction in a Syrian refugee camp, witnesses and officials say.

The violence broke out on Monday at the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, a day after the shootings by Israeli forces.

Mourners at Yarmouk accused the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) [Actually it is PFLP-General Command, which is propped by the Syrian regime.], the group organising Sunday's protest, of inciting young people to put themselves in the firing line. The headquarters of the group in Yarmouk was burnt down.

A witness told the AFP news agency that gunfire broke out while some mourners were at the cemetery. He said that the crowd at Yarmouk was chanting slogans against the leaders of a Palestinian faction, and that some tried to damage vehicles belonging to it.

A Palestinian official blamed the violence on elements from outside the camp.

Syrian state television said 23 demonstrators were killed by Israeli forces during the rally at the Golan Heights ceasefire line, while Israel's military said it counted 10 protesters dead - none of whom was killed by Israeli fire. [Notice how Al-Jazeera goes along with blatant Israeli lies. We saw videos, including from CNN, showing Israeli soldiers shooting at the protesters! How else did the protesters die??]

The rally on "Naksa Day" (Day of Defeat) was to mark the Arab defeat in the 1967 war against Israel."

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