The United States said Sunday it is "deeply troubled" over clashes on the Syrian border with Israel that reportedly resulted in 14 deaths, and called for calm on both sides.
Israeli troops opened fire as protesters from Syria on Sunday stormed a ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights.
"We are deeply troubled by events that took place earlier today in the Golan Heights resulting in injuries and the loss of life," the State Department said in a statement.
"We call for all sides to exercise restraint. Provocative actions like this should be avoided."
The US statement emphasized that "Israel, like any sovereign nation, has a right to defend itself."
The apparatchiks in Washington are ‘deeply troubled’, apparently. And Israel ‘has a right to defend itself’: with live fire against unarmed protesters (sorry apologists, stones and wire cutters don’t count in my book). As for “Provocative actions like this should be avoided”, read: “As racist supporters of Israel we believe the Arabs should take everything lying down…”
"Despite numerous warnings, both verbal and later warning shots in the air, dozens of Syrians continue to approach the border and IDF (Israel Defense Forces) forces were left with no choice but to open fire towards the feet of protesters in efforts to deter further actions," an Israeli army spokesman told AFP.
Most moral this IDF but not brilliant at aiming in front of feet, apparently. Wait for Mark ‘Iffy Ozzie’ Regev to hasbarah that the shots ricoched…
H/T Angry Arab (As’ad AbuKhalil)