IDF deploys to protect Syrian Druze after Israeli injured in Golan by spillover

After an Israeli resident of the Druze village Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights was treated, IDF is focusing on the developments of Syrian infighting in the Hader region, just across the Israeli border.

By UDI SHAHAM

 

Israel Defense Force spokesperson Ronen Manelis said in a statement that the IDF will stand by the side of the Druze population as the fighting in Syria intensifies, after a resident of Majdal Shams was injured by gunfire on Friday from was seems to be spillover from the Syrian war.

Syrian Fighting in Golan Heights – Google Maps

“In recent hours we witness the intensifying of the fighting at the area of the Druze village of Hadher in the Syrian part of the Golan Heights,” he said.

“The IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, Northern Command Commander Maj.-Gen. Yoel Strick and Brig.-Gen. Yaniv Ashur were holding an assessment of the situation.

IDF patrols northern border community – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

“The IDF is ready and prepared to assist the residents of the village, and will prevent the harming or the conquering of the village of Hadher our of deep commitment to the Druze population.

He also maintained that the claims of Israeli involvement and assistance to global jihad elements in the fighting on the Golan Heights are groundless.

According to Israel’s Channel 2 News, hundreds of Druze resident of Israel have gathered at the border to lend support to their relatives on the Syrian side.

The Golan Heights is home to a small community of Druze who have been residents of Israel since it conquered the Golan heights in 1967, many of whom still identify as Syrian nationals.

It was reported that the injured resident of the Druze village in the Golan Heights was treated.

The Israel Police said that due to the battles near Syrian border, as a part of the general police preparation at the Golan Heights, forces were deployed and stationed at major intersections in the north.

IDF’s 215th Artillery Division taking positions in the Golan Heights. – IDF‏Verified account @IDFSpokesperson/Twitter

“The deployment of the forces is intended to protected the Israeli residents in the north,” a police statement reads.

It is unclear how Israel would seek to intervene and what response that action would draw from the Syrian regime and it’s backers Iran and Russia.

 

View original The Jerusalem Post publication at:
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-resident-wounded-after-being-shot-from-Syrian-spillover-fire-513260

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