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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.

Israel Demands UN Meet Their Obligations on the Golan

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Following the Syrian Rebel attack on the UN base at Quneitra on Thursday, that left a Philippine and an Indian Observer injured, Austria announced they are pulling out their UN Observers from the Golan mission. The pullout will happen within the month.

The Austrian Observers make up more than a third of the contingent, and have been one of the more important countries in the mission. Japan and Croatia already pulled out their people months ago. The UN is holding an emergency meeting on Friday to find replacement troops. Fiji said they might send troops.

Israel pointed out that, once again, the UN has proven unable to fulfill their mission.

Israel thanked the Austrians for their years of service as peacekeepers, but expressed regret at the decisions, and hoped that the border situation won’t escalate further as a result. Israel added that they expect the UN to meet their obligations, as per UN Security Council Resolution 350.

If the UN fails on the Golan, the buffer zone between Israel and Syria will disappear, and Israel could easily find themselves in a situation where they may need to fight the rebels, or move troops into the buffer zone on the Syrian side, something Israel does not want to have to do.

Minister Yuval Steinintz added, that the lesson is very clear, “In any peace agreement, Israel cannot rely on international forces, but only on IDF soldiers.” He added that South Lebanon, under the UN’s watch, now has 40,000 missiles embedded there pointed at Israel. The UN did nothing to stop it.

The UNDOF troops have been in place on the Golan since May 31, 1974, following the decision of UN Security Council Resolution 350. The observers were put into place as a result of Syria trying to recapture the Golan in 1973, after losing it in 1967, and following the increase in border attacks from Syria starting in March 1974.

Assad Retakes Quneitra Golan Crossing

Friday, June 7th, 2013

President Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian army has recaptured the Golan Heights crossing—the only crossing on the ceasefire border with Israel—in a setback for rebels, only one day after rebel forces had been forced out of the strategic town of Qusayr, AFP reports.

The capture of the town Qusayr, after weeks of bloody battles, leaves President Assad in a much improved position before a U.S.-Russia plan for direct peace talks with his opposition.

The rebels had been in control of the Quneitra Golan crossing for one day, flexing their muscles in this strategically as well as symbolically important spot, so close to IDF forces and also a short ride to Damascus. But that didn’t last long, and they were forced out.

An AFP correspondent said he could see tanks inside the area after Assad’s troops moved back in Thursday.

Both the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Israeli army radio reported fierce fighting in Quneitra. Two peacekeepers, from India and the Philippines, suffered “minor injuries” in shelling, a UN peacekeeping spokesman said.

The clashes took place in very close proximity to the headquarters of a UN peacekeeping force, prompting Austria to announce it was bringing its troops home.

Syria-Israel Border Crossing Overrun by Rebels

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

The Syrian side of the border crossing near the Syrian town of Quneitra has been captured by the rebels after heavy fighting Thursday.

Quneitra is the only border crossing between Israel and Syria, and this is the first time it has been captured by the rebels since the fighting began in early 2011.

The IDF has increased its readiness, and ordered local farmers to stay away from their land near the border.

Over the past few months it has been rumored that Al Qaida forces that joined the rebels are dominating the southern part of Syria, nearest Israel. Recently there have been fire exchanges between the IDF and sources on the Syrian side.

A UN Peacekeeper was injured when a mortar landed in the UN base, on the Syrian side of the crossing.

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