The Assad regime with its proxies have become more assertive and has retaken several posts on the Syrian Golan since the beginning of Russia’s air involvement.
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
IDF units on Mount Hermon, which borders Syria, are preparing to encounter Iranian-backed terror attacks, a senior military source told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.
An IDF soldier looks out from a position on Mt. Hermon. – Photo: IDF SPOKESPERSON’S UNIT
According to the source, units operating under the command of the Mount Hermon territorial Brigade have been training to respond to a “combined terror attack” that could involve border bombs, rockets, an attempted kidnapping of soldiers, and possible anti-tank missile fire. Continue Reading »
Pro-Assad supporters among village’s Druze community insist the Syrian president couldn’t have been responsible for such attacks, and so they’re protesting against any int’l intervention, saying ‘Assad managed to maintain calm on Syria-Israel border for 40 years’
By Maor Buchnik
Several hundreds attended a pro-Assad in the Druze village of Majdal Shams Monday, carrying banners in favor of the Syrian president and condemning the prospect of a US attack on Syria.
Majdal Shams demonstration – Photo: Aviyahu Shapira
Zahad, local resident and a café owner, noted that protesters were interested in keeping Assad in the government and noted that he was also “against foreign intervention in the country, and not just because of Majdal Shams – it would be dangerous for Israel as well.” Continue Reading »
Clashes in northern Lebanese city of Tripoli raise fears of an escalation of sectarian tensions in Lebanon.
Gunbattles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in northern Lebanon killed at least seven people and wounded 22 on Saturday, security officials said, as activists reported fresh shelling in a region in central Syria where a massacre last week left more than 100 people dead.
The clashes were the latest to hit the Lebanese port of Tripoli. Repeated outbreaks of violence in the city, the country’s second largest, are seen as spillover from the conflict in neighboring Syria and have raised fears of an escalation in sectarian tensions in Lebanon. Continue Reading »
Syrian president claims country ready for ‘any honest effort’ to end year of unrest, as bloody crackdown continues
UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday to press for a political solution to Syria‘s year-long uprising and bloody crackdown in which thousands of people have been killed.
UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan - Photo BY EPA
Assad told Annan his country was ready for “any honest effort” to end a year of unrest, but blamed “terrorist groups” for blocking a solution, the state news agency said.
“Syria is ready to make a success of any honest effort to find a solution for the events it is witnessing,” SANA quoted Assad as saying. Continue Reading »
Opposition element writes on Yoav Mordechai’s Facebook page rebels don’t want war with Israel, not interested in Golan Heights
A surprising connection was formed this week between a Syrian opposition element and IDF Spokesman Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai on the latter’s Facebook page, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Friday.
IDF Spokesman Yoav Mordechai Photo: Alex Kolomoisky
A Syrian citizen named Abdul Khader wrote the following on Mordechai’s Facebook wall: “We want to get rid of Assad and his regime and modernize Syria by promoting freedom of religion and freedom of thought. We do not want war with you and are definitely not interested in the Golan Heights.” Continue Reading »