In apparent spillover from ongoing civil war, 2 wounded UNDOF peacekeepers stationed in Quneitra, a man & a woman from Nepal, were sent to an Israeli hospital for treatment.
By Danny Brenner, Lilach Shoval, Israel Hayom Staff & Reuters
Two United Nations peacekeepers stationed on the Israel-Syria border in the Golan Heights were wounded on Monday when a mortar shell struck their position in Quneitra.
A wounded U.N. peacekeeper is treated at Ziv Medical Center in Safed, Monday – Photo: Ziv Medical Center
It is believed the mortar fire was spillover from the ongoing civil war inside Syria.
The wounded peacekeepers, a man and a woman from Nepal, were transported to an Israeli hospital for medical treatment. Continue Reading »
A 4-minute video clip was uploaded to the Internet by Free Syrian Army fighters, who are seen in a building in Quneitra just near the int’l border between Israel & Syria.
By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA
Syrian rebel forces fighting the government of President Bashar Assad overran a military intelligence base on the Golan Heights that served as a joint Russian-Syrian forward post for information-gathering on Israel.
Syrian rebels take control of military intelligence base on Golan Heights. – Photo: YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT
In a four-minute video clip which was posted on the Internet by the rebels, Free Syrian Army fighters are seen in a building in Quneitra, just near the boundary between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Continue Reading »
Israeli soldier evacuated to hospital after being shot by ‘stray gunfire’ near Quneitra crossing.
By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
Stray gunfire from Syria wounded an Israeli soldier in the Golan Heights on Monday, the army said.
Syria border – Reuters
“An IDF (Israel Defense Forces) soldier was injured by errant fire from internal fighting in Syria. He was evacuated to hospital,” an army statement said, without elaborating.
The soldier is reportedly from the Armored Corps., which is currently stationed along the Israeli-Syrian border.
IDF sources told Arutz Sheva Monday that the gunfire surfaces after a full day of quiet along the border, with no shots or explosions heard on the Syrian side. Continue Reading »
IDF spokesman says drone downed with Patriot missile by the IAF, appeared to have belonged to Syria’s military & had flown inadvertently into Israeli airspace.
By Ahiya Raved, Roi Kais, Itay Blumental
The IAF fired a Sunday afternoon, shooting down an unmanned aerial vehicle that strayed into Israeli airspace from neighboring Syria, the IDF said.
Patriot missile battery. – Photo: Avihu Shapira
The IDF said the incident occurred near Quneitra in the Syrian Golan Heights, the scene of heavy fighting between Syrian government troops and rebels.
Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the IDF, said the drone appeared to have belonged to the Syrian military and had flown accidentally into Israeli airspace. Continue Reading »
IAF responds to Monday’s latest rocket attack on northern Israel by striking targets Quneitra, in Syria’s Golan Heights.
NGO says 12 Syrians were killed.
By Tova Dvorin
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) bombed several terror targets in the city of Quneitra, Syria overnight Tuesday, following a volley of rockets on the Golan Heights, Syrian media reported.
Between four and twelve people were killed in the airstrike; exact numbers have varied among news outlets.
“Israeli planes flying over the occupied Golan Heights launched rockets into southern Syria’s Quneitra province at around 1:15 am (2215 GMT). Rockets hit Base 90 — a Syrian military airbase — and regime bastion Baath City. Continue Reading »
Since Islamic Rebel forces in Syria have managed in the past to take over the Quneitra crossing, Israel closes the area.
The Israel Defense Forces declared the area around the Golan Heights’ Quneitra crossing a closed military zone, in the wake of fighting in Syria.
Smoke billowing from an explosion during clashes between rebels and Syrian pro-government forces in the Syrian town of al-Kahtaniyya, May 11, 2014. – Photo: AFP
IDF officials expressed concern that the fighting could spill over into Israel. The rebels in Syria have managed to take over the crossing for several hours in past. Continue Reading »
Nearly 170 Fiji soldiers to join UNDOF on Israel-Syria border after Austria’s soldiers withdrew before replacements took over.
The United Nations announced Monday that 170 peacekeepers from Fiji will join the UN’s Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) stationed on the Israel– Syria border by the end of the month.
Fiji force to replace Austrians – Photo: EPA
They will be replacing Austrian forces who have pulled out of the area following an escalation in the fighting between Assad’s forces and the rebels.
The Austrian troops left the Golan Heights area last week. Austria’s dramatic decision to withdraw from the area led the UN’s Security Council to harshly condemn the spread of violence to the demilitarized buffer zone. Continue Reading »
Document submitted to UN Security Council says IDF told UN commander they would ‘take action’ if Syrian army tanks entered into agreed buffer zone during Quneitra battle with rebel.
The fierce battles in the Quneitra region between the Syrian army and rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad threatened to result in a significant military confrontation between Israel and Syria, American blogger Nabil Abi Saab reported on Saturday.
UN vehicles near Quneitra battle zone – Photo: AP
The report was based on a document submitted to the Security Council by Herve Ladsous, UN Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations. Continue Reading »
Assad’s top aide claims IDF special unit involved in Quneitra battles.
In Hezbollah TV interview, she claims Israel working with rebels, which she called ‘armed gangs’.
By Roi Kais
In an interview to the Hezbollah affiliated Al Mayadeen network, Bouthaina Shaaban, the top political and media adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad, claimed that the injured transferred to Israel during the fighting in Quneitra were Israeli soldiers and not rebels, which she called “armed gangs”.
Bouthaina Shaaban, the top political and media adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad – Photo AP
“When we hear that wounded from the armed gangs were transferred to Israel for medical treatment, I wonder whether these might be Mista’arvim” – the Border Guard’s elite counter-terrorism unit, comprised of officers disguised as Arabs. Continue Reading »
After battle between Assad’s forces & rebels in Golan Heights, dozens of Syrians attempt to cross into Israel, but IDF soldiers send them back after determining Quneitra was safe.
Meanwhile, wildfires caused by Syrian gunfire spreads crosses the border into Israel
By Yoav Zitun
Dozens of Syrians arrived at the Quneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria at around noon Thursday and requested entry into Israel.
Syrian-born fire reaches Golan shrubbery – Photo: Haggai Aharon
According to assessments, hundreds of dunams have gone up in flames, some of which have come near the IDF’s Golan positions. An Israeli firefighter squad is currently at the scene attempting to take control of the fire and the IDF has instructed local farmers to stay away from their lands near the border for the time being. Continue Reading »