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Violent clashes with Israeli forces as Palestinians mark 'nakba'

Reuters/Mohamad Torokman

Israeli troops on the Golan Heights fired live rounds and tear gas on Sunday at protestors who broke through from the Syrian-held side of the plateau reportedly killing four people and wounding 10 more. 


Israeli media reported at least one dead and several wounded but there was no immediate confirmation of the toll. The clashes are some of the worst violence for decades along a ceasefire line that has been quiet since a 1974 truce accord.

Two more people are said to have been killed in clashes on the border with Lebanon.

The violence comes as Palestinians in the occupied territories, inside Israel and across the region marked the anniversary of the Jewish state's 1948 creation, known in Arabic as the "nakba" or "catastrophe."

Meanwhile, a senior Israeli defence ministry official arrived on Sunday in the Egyptian capital Cairo on the first visit by a top official from the Jewish state since a popular uprising toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February.

The official Mena news agency says Amos Gilad is to hold talks with several Egyptian officials to discuss the latest developments in the region, in light of the Palestinian reconciliation agreement.

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