(Image Source: Sky News)


BY JOHN O’CONNOR

Anchor Candice Aviles


Israel says three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone of the Golan Heights on Saturday, raising concerns that violence from Syria’s civil war could cause tensions on a frontier that has remained quiet for more than 40 years. The BBC explains.

“The Golan Heights are a strategic plateau seized from Syria by Israel during the Six Day War of 1967. Since 1974, the U.N. has overseen a demilitarized buffer zone seen here on the map.”  

It is not immediately clear why the tanks entered the Heights, but the Jerusalem Post reports locals in the area heard heavy exchanges of fire between what appeared to be the Syrian army and opposition forces.

“The vehicles entered [a] village in the Syrian-controlled portion of the Golan Heights that is close to an IDF position on the border … The defense establishment has concluded, however, that the movement of tanks was linked to the Syrian civil war, and not intended as an act of aggression against Israel.” 

Israel has restricted its response to the violation by lodging a complaint with U.N. peacekeepers in the area. According to the Guardian, the border with Israel isn’t the only frontier affected by Syrian fighting.

Last month, five Turkish civilians were killed in a cross-border shelling incident that prompted return fire from Turkey for several days. 

A writer for the Daily Beast notes that recent violent incidents sparked by Syria in Lebanon and Jordan have reaffirmed “… long-running fears that the war in Syria will eventually draw its neighbors in.” 

The conflict in Syria has now lasted more than 20 months and has claimed the lives of more than 36,000 Syrians. according to opposition activists reports.  

Syrian Tanks Enter Demilitarized Israeli Territory

by John O'Connor
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Sources:BBC
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Nov 4, 2012

Syrian Tanks Enter Demilitarized Israeli Territory

(Image Source: Sky News)


BY JOHN O’CONNOR

Anchor Candice Aviles


Israel says three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone of the Golan Heights on Saturday, raising concerns that violence from Syria’s civil war could cause tensions on a frontier that has remained quiet for more than 40 years. The BBC explains.

“The Golan Heights are a strategic plateau seized from Syria by Israel during the Six Day War of 1967. Since 1974, the U.N. has overseen a demilitarized buffer zone seen here on the map.”  

It is not immediately clear why the tanks entered the Heights, but the Jerusalem Post reports locals in the area heard heavy exchanges of fire between what appeared to be the Syrian army and opposition forces.

“The vehicles entered [a] village in the Syrian-controlled portion of the Golan Heights that is close to an IDF position on the border … The defense establishment has concluded, however, that the movement of tanks was linked to the Syrian civil war, and not intended as an act of aggression against Israel.” 

Israel has restricted its response to the violation by lodging a complaint with U.N. peacekeepers in the area. According to the Guardian, the border with Israel isn’t the only frontier affected by Syrian fighting.

Last month, five Turkish civilians were killed in a cross-border shelling incident that prompted return fire from Turkey for several days. 

A writer for the Daily Beast notes that recent violent incidents sparked by Syria in Lebanon and Jordan have reaffirmed “… long-running fears that the war in Syria will eventually draw its neighbors in.” 

The conflict in Syria has now lasted more than 20 months and has claimed the lives of more than 36,000 Syrians. according to opposition activists reports.  

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