Members of the Druze community wave flags during a protest in Majdal Shams on the Golan Heights, calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to protect their Syrian kin, in this file picture taken June 15, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Awad/Files
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Tuesday to track down Druze in the occupied Golan Heights who fatally assaulted a wounded Syrian on his way to hospital in Israel.Two Syrian men were being taken to hospital by Israeli military ambulance late Monday when dozens of Druze in the town of Majdal Shams stoned the vehicle, forcing it to stop, dragged the men out and beat them.While the Druze of Israel are citizens and subject to the same military draft as Jews, the vast majority of those on the Golan have refused to take Israeli nationality.Tensions spiraled in Druze areas of northern Israel and the Golan when rebels surrounded a government-held Druze village on the Syria side last week.Shalicar said Israel had treated more than 1,600 Syrians in the past three years.
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