06 June 2013

A Significant Development

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Israelis forces reinforced along Syrian Golan border 
DEBKAfile June 6, 2013, 6:06 PM (GMT+02:00)

Reinforcements were sent to Israel’s Golan border with Syria Thursday as fighting around Quneitra raged between Syrian troops and rebels.  Two Syrian missiles landed and exploded on Israeli Golan Thursday during the fighting. The IDF declared the area around the Quneitra crossing a closed military area and prevented farmers and other locals from reaching their fields. At the same time, Israel admitted injured Syrian rebels at the Quneitra crossing and transferred them to hospital. Shells from the battle around the Golan town exploded in the UN camp inside the Syrian-Israeli separation zone on the Golan. 

Syrian tanks in Golan

A day after losing control of Qusair, ...rebels tried to grab back the initiative with an assault on Quneitra - the demilitarized zone on the Golan Heights patrolled by the United Nations' peacekeeping force and connecting Israel to Syria.

For the first time since the start of the uprising in March 2011, the rebels briefly took control of the area, sending UN peacekeepers scurrying to their bunkers.

The rarely used Quneitra crossing is the only transit point between Syrian and Israeli disengagement lines set in 1974 and Thursday's battle will further heighten concerns in Israel about the worsening security environment....

See also Qusayr was a debacle for the West and Israel: Aftershocks in Lebanon, Golan and Gaza Strip