– Russian Defense Ministry: Israeli jets struck Iranian targets with at least 28 planes that fired some 60 missiles. – Israel: Israel Air Force attacked nearly all of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria.
By Reuters, Alexandra Lukash, Elior Levy
Russia’s defense ministry said on Thursday that Syria had shot down more than half of the missiles fired at it overnight by Israel, RIA news agency reported.According to the report, the Israeli strike was carried out by 28 planes which fired at least 60 missiles, including 10 surface-to-surface missiles.
Iranian forces in Syria launched a rocket attack on Israeli army bases in the Golan Heights early on Thursday, Israel said, prompting one of the heaviest Israeli barrages against Syria since the conflict there began in 2011. Continue Reading »
IDF command orders all northern Golan Heights communities to unlock bomb shelters, deploys Iron Dome batteries to protect Golan Heights residents and activates reservist forces to compliment northern units. – US Embassy urges American officials to avoid traveling to northern Golan Heights.
Reuters, Ynet reporters
The IDF went on high alert for a possible flare-up with neighboring Syria on Tuesday as US President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
The IDF said that, after identifying “irregular activity” by Iranian forces in Syria, it instructed civic authorities on the Golan Heights to ready bomb shelters, deployed new defenses and mobilized some reservist forces. Continue Reading »
After the IDF response to the Syrian mortar fired on Israel, an Army spokesperson said, “The IDF views the Syrian regime as responsible for everything in its territory and will not tolerate any attempt to harm the sovereignty of the State of Israel and the security of its residents.”
Air raid sirens activated in Israel’s Golan Heights, Upper Galilee, warning residents of potential incoming rocket strikes following IDF destroying an enemy drone and then its Iranian command & control base in Syria.
In a major flare up on Israel’s northern border, Israel carried out a large-scale attack against Syrian air defenses and Iranian targets in the war-torn country after an Israeli F-16 crashed during operations to strike Iranian targets in Syria early Saturday morning.
The operation, which was carried out by eight Israeli jets, struck 12 targets in Syria including thee Syrians SA5 and SA17 air defense batteries and four Iranian targets near the town of Kiswah, which is home to Syria’s 1st armored division and part of the Islamic Republic’s buildup in Syria. Continue Reading »
Tension escalates in the northern Golan as IDF tank fires a second ‘warning shot’ at a Syrian military position along its border after spotting construction work that’s in violation to the 1974 UN ceasefire agreement.
By Yoav Zitun
An IDF tank fired another warning shot on a Syrian military position Sunday evening in the northern Golan Heights, a day after another tank opened fire near the Druze village of Hader in Syria as Israel discovered the Syrian army was conducting construction along their border.
IDF tanks in the Golan Heights – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The IDF says Syria violated the 1974 ceasefire agreement on the Golan Heights by using heavy tools to fortify a military post in the demilitarized zone between the countries. Continue Reading »
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.
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. Continue Reading »
Having contravened official policy of not recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights in it’s futile desire to appear impartial & neutral, Swiss officials have for years visited the Golan Heights, and for days at a time, to observe tests of Israel’s Elbit Systems Hermes 900 drone the Swiss gov’t purchased for $265 million.
ZURICH – Switzerland’s defense ministry has admitted sending staff to test reconnaissance drones in contested land held by Israel—an embarrassing blow for the neutral European country’s status as an honest broker in the Middle East.
Swiss officials visited an airfield in the Golan Heights region on three occasions in 2012, 2013 and 2015 to monitor tests of the Israeli-built Hermes 900 aircraft that they are buying for $265 million. Continue Reading »
Until the IDF openly identified Munir Ali Naim Shaiti, also known as Haj Hasham, as Hezbollah’s main man in Syria’s Golan, the Arabic-language press seems to have been taken off guard that he had replaced Samir Kuntar, who was assassinated the previous year.
Having ascertained Israel had been fired on 5 times, and maintaining its policy that no attack on its sovereignty go unreciprocated, the IDF Saturday morning delivered precision hits, destroying three Syrian regime artillery positions, one for each projectile that landed inside Israel.
Three of the five projectiles landed in open territory in Israel’s northern Golan Heights, causing no damage or injuries.
“Even if this is spillover, this is an exceptional event, and the continuation of such events will only exacerbate Israel’s response,” the army said in a statement, adding that “the IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm the sovereignty of the State of Israel and her citizens. Continue Reading »
Druze Israeli Staff Sgt. ‘A’ from southern Israel, who’s currently serving as a medic in the Golan Heights says he sees “the fear in the eyes” of the wounded Syrians as they cross the border to Israel, so he comforts them, saying in Arabic, “Hi, my medical team and I are here to help you.”
By Nitzi Yakov
A Druze staff sergeant from the southernmost tip of Israel is saving wounded civilians from Syria as well as wounded and injured IDF comrades.
Staff Sgt. A., 21, is deployed in the Golan Heights as a medic with the 77th medical platoon in the IDF’s Armored Corps. Continue Reading »
While it’s no secret over 3,000 wounded Syrians, including hundreds of children, have been treated in Israeli hospitals, just a few are aware of Operation ‘Good Neighbor’ with the IDF distributing baby food, medicine, generators, school supplies to 200,000 civilians on Israel’s north-east border, in the Syrian Golan Heights.
By Adi Hashmonai
Four and a half years after Israel first gave aid to Syrians injured in the civil war ravaging the country, Ziv Medical Center in Safed Director Dr. Salman Zarka says the move is “a clear message to the world that Israelis are humane, extending a helping hand and successfully saving our enemies’ lives too.”
Israeli intel has yet to detect Iranian activity close to its border since the ceasefire came into effect, however IDF officials, according to the report, believe Iran will gradually establish a presence in the area, with the aim of opening up a 2nd front against Israel in the next conflict with Hezbollah.
Russia rejected an Israeli request to keep Iranian military forces at least 60 kilometers from its border with Syria during negotiations over a July ceasefire in the south of the country, Haaretz newspaper reported on Thursday.
IDF Merkava tank and crew train on the Golan Heights.
Expressing their gratitude, Syrian civil war victims treated by Israeli field hospitals on the Golan Heights pen appreciation letters for the IDF’s medical care, saying it has strengthened their yearning for peace, undermined indoctrination of Israel as an enemy. – “To all Syrians who say Israel is the enemy, I say that you are liars….Israel is our friend.”
By Yoav Birenberg
Dozens of Syrian civilians have written letters of gratitude to Israel and the IDF for establishing field hospitals on its northern border which provided, and continue to provide, medical care to numerous victims wounded in the country’s ongoing violent civil war. Continue Reading »
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