The United States on Monday accused Syria of inciting Palestinian unrest along the Israeli-held Golan Heights to divert attention from its violent crackdown on protests, WOANews.com informs. U.S. officials say they regret the casualties in Sunday’s clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian protestors. At least 13 people were killed by Israeli gunfire, including at least three along the Golan boundary on Sunday.
The Palestinian-Israeli peace process is expected to comprise a large portion of U.S. President Barack Obama’s agenda this week. He was scheduled to meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah II yesterday and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday. Meanwhile, the Syrian government is denying claims that a mass grave was found near the embattled city of Daraa, a focal point in the nationwide wave of anti-government rage, CNN reports.