Israeli troops shot Palestinian protesters who surged toward its frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza yesterday, killing up to 13 people on the day Palestinians mourn the creation of Israel.
Israeli forces opened fire in three separate locations to prevent crowds of demonstrators from crossing frontier lines, in the deadliest such confrontation in years.
The Lebanese army on the Lebanese frontier said 10 Palestinians died when Israeli forces shot at rock-throwing protesters to prevent them from entering the Jewish State. The Israel army said the Lebanese army had also used live ammunition in an attempt to hold back the crowds rushing the border fence.
Israel blamed the incidents on provocation inspired by Iran, intended to exploit Palestinian nationalist feeling.