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September 18, 2014 / 23 Elul, 5774
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Monday Review: Intense Fighting Causes More Spillover Along Israel’s Border

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Spillover from some of the most intense fighting of the war in Syria is finding its way across the border into Israel, with loud explosions heard and a mortar falling this morning (Monday, September 1) in the Golan Heights. As Syrian government forces continue to battle with insurgents over control of the Kuneitra border crossing, UN forces evacuated the area under fire on Saturday, leaving Israel to secure the border by itself.

The fighting today centered around the town of Hamidiyeh, north of Kuneitra, where Al-Nusra rebel troops aligned with Al Qaida have taken control over the border crossing. A Syrian news outlet loyal to Assad claims that government forces are preparing to recapture the crossing, while the IDF said that last week’s mortar fire that wounded two Israelis most likely spilled over from the fighting in that area.

In response to the heightened security risk, at 9:00 am the IDF issued instructions to farmers in the area to keep away from the border fence. The apple harvest is currently underway in the Golan Heights, with a number of trees adjacent to the fence.

By Monday afternoon reports came in of heavy casualties in the Kuneitra area, including a claim by opposition fighters that they killed a senior commander in Assad’s army. Government forces, meanwhile, claimed that they killed a number of rebel troops.

Yesterday the IDF shot down a drone from Syria that crossed into Israeli airspace near Kuneitra, and 44 Fijian soldiers remain captive after being seized by the rebels.

After Mortar Strike, IDF Evacuates Israeli Civilians Near Quneitra

Monday, September 1st, 2014

IDF radio reports that a mortar launched from Syria landed inside Israel close to 9am.

The mortar landed in an orchard alongside the border on the Golan Heights, and came from the fighting between Assad and Rebel troops.

As a result, the IDF has declared a closed military zone in a wide area surrounding Quneitra, including all agricultural fields and roads in the area until 8am Tuesday morning.

The IDF has also evacuated the Israeli farmers from danger zone to protect them.

Fighting at Quneitra

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Assad’s Syrian Army is not going to throw in the towel at Quneitra on the Golan Height, after losing it to Syrian rebel groups last week.

The IDF reports there are fierce battles going on with the rebels. With the different forces fighting for control over the Quneitra crossing as we speak.

IDF radio report that loud explosions are being heard in Israel, from the fighting.

The control over the border crossing with Israel has significant symbolic importance, which also results in it having strategic importance.

Last week, UNDOF troops, except for the Filipino UN troops, abandoned their posts along the border after the Rebels attacked the UN positions, capturing a number of UN peacekeepers/observers.

UPDATE: A mortar has landed in Israel

Saturday Night Mortars from Syria

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

At around 9pm Saturday night, 2 mortars landed close to the Israel-Syrian border/cease-fire lines in the Eastern Golan Heights.

No injuries or damage reported.

BREAKING NEWS: 1 Israeli Child Dead, 2 Injured in Syrian Attack

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Israel has filed a complaint with the United Nations over a cross-border attack on the Golan Heights this morning that killed one Israeli child and wounded two adults.

One 13-year-old boy, an Israeli citizen named Mohammad Karake from the town of Arrabe, an Arab village in the Galilee, was killed by an explosion next to the Syrian border, apparently caused by an anti-tank missile. Karake’s father, a civilian contractor for the Ministry of Defense, was critically wounded and the third was lightly wounded. The wounded, both of whom are civilian contractors that had been working on the security fence, were taken by IAF helicopter to Rambam Hospital in Haifa.

“This is not a case of errant fire, but of an intentional attack,” said IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner. “The IDF will continue to watch the northern border and react to developments in the field accordingly.”

The explosion coincided with rising tensions in Judea and Samaria, where the massive manhunt for Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel is currently its ninth day. In addition, Gaza terrorists have increased their rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, threatening communities throughout the south.

Israeli officials are examining a range of possible causes for the explosion, including mortar fire and the activation of an explosive device. The vehicle that exploded belonged to Israel’s Ministry of Defense and was intended for construction work on the border.

Constant violence from Syria

As civil war rages in Syria, violence from the conflict regularly spills into Israel. Over the past several months, there have been multiple instances of the escalation of violence from Syria.

It is yet unclear if they were hit by a roadside bomb, mortar or anti-tank missile. An IDF tank fired back at the Syrian army position at Quneitra, which is where the attack originated from.

 

Syrian Rebels: Israel Destroyed 2 Syrian Tanks

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Arab sources are claiming that Israel destroyed 2 Syrian tanks on the Golan Heights near Quneitra on Tuesday night.

Syrian Rebels are claiming that Israel fired the anti-tank missiles after 2 or possibly 4 mortars landing within Israel.

There is no confirmation of the destruction of the tank, from the IDF.

The Iron Dome system was activated for the mortars, but the counter-missile system wasn’t fired after the trajectories indicated the mortars would hit in open areas. The mortars caused some wildfires in the area.

The road between Alonei Habashan and Ein Zivan was closed.

Syrian Jets Strike Targets on Ramat HaGolan

Friday, April 18th, 2014

On Friday afternoon, Syrian fighter jets hit opposition/rebel targets and villages on the Syrian side of the Ramat HaGolan (Golan Heights), in the Quneitra region. Large pillars of smoke are seen rising from struck areas.

Quneitra is the site of an official crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan.

IAF jets were sent out to the area to make sure the Syrian jets didn’t “accidentally” cross the border into Israel.

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