IDF strikes Syrian military outpost after shell lands in buffer zone
BREAKING: A short while ago, the IDF targeted a Syrian military post from which a shell was launched and fell in the buffer zone, adjacent to and east of the security fence. The launch was part of the internal fighting in Syria.
“The IDF is not involved in the internal fighting in Syria, however, it will continue to implement the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement that includes maintaining the buffer zone”, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement.
The errant mortar shell was fired as part of the internal fighting in the ongoing civil war between Assad’s regime and Syrian rebels.
“We have a Separation of Forces Agreement with Syria from 1974,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared this week. “This is the guiding principle. We will adhere to it very strictly and so must others, everyone.”
The IDF deployed artillery and armored reinforcements along the northern border with Syria on Sunday, according to the Spokesperson’s Unit. The move is in light of a situation assessment by the security establishment’s top brass.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan told Ynet on Thursday that “We must verify and do everything to clarify, vis-a-vis the Russians, the Assad government, that we will not accept any armed presence by the Assad regime in the areas which are meant to be demilitarized.”
Asked if Israel was prepared to take preventive action against the Syrian military, Erdan said: “Unequivocally, yes.”