Several hurt in clashes in Golan Heights as Druze protest wind farm

Druze face off against police during a protest against the construction of a new wind farm near the Druze village of Majdal Shams, in the Golan Heights, June 20, 2023. (Ayal Margolin/Flash90)
Druze face off against police during a protest against the construction of a new wind farm near the Druze village of Majdal Shams, in the Golan Heights, June 20, 2023. (Ayal Margolin/Flash90)

At least three people are hurt, including one person who was shot, as violent clashes break out in the Golan Heights for a second day between police and thousands of residents of the Druze town of Majdal Shams protesting against the construction of a wind farm in the area.

Police say protesters are burning tires and throwing rocks and firebombs at forces who are responding with riot control means.

Two of the wounded are in serious condition.

In one incident a group of demonstrators tried to overrun a police position and opened fire. Police returned fire, they say.

Several roads are blocked and police warn people not to come to the area.

The company constructing the wind farms says that it has legally rented the land from the owners, also residents of the town.

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