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Israel Watching Northern Border with Syria, Lebanon

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Israeli military leaders are closely monitoring activity on the other side of the northern border and preparing for the day the situation “will change,” a senior military source said Sunday.

At present, fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror organization are miles away from Israel’s northern border, the officer said. But that could change within hours.

Syria’s civil war, launched in 2011, is still raging and spawning more rebel factions and new terrrorist groups by the day. Mortar shellfire from the conflict has “spilled over” the border into Israeli territory – and into other countries as well – numerous times in the past three years.

Sometimes the shell fire is deliberate, however. “We can tell the difference between stray fire and intended attacks,” the military source said. “Sometimes we respond to stray fire, and not necessarily right away. The goal is for the war to stay on the Syrian side of the border.”

The bottom line, he said, is to attack only if there is reason, and to attack a position that is directly tied to fire aimed at Israel. “We do not attack a position for no reason,” the officer said. “The Syrian air force has not violated the demilitarization agreement. We all know where the red lines are.”

Due to the security situation, IDF soldiers became farmers in the Golan Heights to keep civilians home and safe. The soldiers maintained orchards instead of civilian farmers at Ein Zivun due to the unstable situation at Quneitra. Soldiers also brought in the harvest, the officer said. “I also plan to do this to calm the residents. We are not going backwards at all. For Israel, the situation is good.”

While life in Israel is centered on survival, life in Lebanon is growing more difficult by the day, and not just for the average resident but even for Hezbollah terrorists. The group’s ranks have been thinned by its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Three Hezbollah terrorists were killed over the weekend in a suicide bombing in northeast Lebanon. The Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terror organization has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper.

Jabhat al- Nusra is allegedly still holding at least 21 Lebanese soldiers hostage in the city of Arsal, according to security sources quoted by the Daily Star. The terror group seized control over the border city last month. The group is reportedly hoping to erase the borders that separate Syria from Lebanon and Iraq, thus allowing the formation of a huge Islamic state. Jabhat al-Nusra has seized significant tracts of land around the Quneitra crossing with Israel, but the group is linked to Al Qaeda, and not ISIS.

Meanwhile ISIS has been busy with its own missions, among them apparently a passion to wipe out the Kurds. At least 66,000 Syrian Kurds fled to the border with Turkey this weekend, running for the lives from the oncoming hordes of ISIS terrorists who swallowed between 20 to 40 Kurdish towns over the past 24 hours. A National Geographic photojournalist described the scene on the border as “organized pandemonium.”

Turkish military forces had cut holes in the barbed wire security fence to allow the refugees to get through, which they did, rushing in by the thousands. “Twenty to 40 cities fell in the last 24 hours, and ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) is moving in with tanks and artillery and killing people in its path, so everyone dropped what they were doing.” The writer, John Stanmeyer, added that he was told it was a fairly stable Kurdish area until 24 hours earlier.

False Alarm in Southern Israel, Real Rocket Fire in North

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Residents of Gaza Belt communities in southern Israel once again raced in a mad dash for their bomb shelters when a Code Red rocket alert siren activated Monday at midday.

The siren sounded in Netiv Ha’Asara, Yad Mordechai and along the Mediterranean coast in the city of Ashkelon.

It was initially believed to be a false alarm, then later reported as a rocket fired at Israel that had fallen short, landing within Gaza territory.

Ultimately, it now appears that it really was a false alarm — but at the end of the day, it’s not clear because numerous jets were heard to scramble overhead, flying south.

Also in Karnei Shomron, Home Front Command apparently scheduled a test Monday morning for the Code Red incoming rocket alert system, but didn’t bother to inform residents about the drill. Talk about really bad timing.

In the north, the IDF has cleared for publication that early Monday morning a “stray rocket” landed in Israeli territory after being fired from the Quneitra border crossing in Syria.

The rocket exploded in an open area. No one was physically injured in the incident. According to the report, fighting on the Syrian side of the border has been “particularly intense” throughout the day.

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.

 

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