by: Kate Norman
Thursday, 15 October 2020 | The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) crossed into the demilitarized zone between the Jewish state and Syria and destroyed two regime military posts last week, according to a report by Israel’s Channel 12 news.
The covert operation involved soldiers from two units, Yahalom—a combat engineering unit—and Nahal, sneaking into the demilitarized zone under cover of darkness “in a silent and covert manner to the targets, placing a system of explosives on both outposts and blowing them up simultaneously,” a Yahalom commander said, as quoted by the Jerusalem Post.
A Nahal commander said in the report that their operation took place about 500 meters (1,600 ft) away from a manned Syrian position.
The no-man’s-land between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights was designated in 1974 as a buffer zone to be manned by a specially dedicated United Nations force.
The UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), however, has failed to observe a few things, allowing the Syrian state regime to violate the agreement and establish military outposts in the demilitarized zone—prompting the IDF to take action.
Israeli leaders have repeatedly vowed to prevent Iran from entrenching itself along the Jewish state’s borders, where the Islamic Republic could easily launch attacks against Israel. The Syrian regime has known ties to Iran and Hezbollah, Tehran’s terror puppet in Lebanon.
“We know about the collaboration between the Syrian military and Hezbollah,” Yahalom unit Lt.–Col. Tal Goritzki told Channel 12. “Every Syrian military establishment has the potential to become a dual military establishment. We won’t allow southern Syria to become southern Lebanon.”
The IDF has exposed Hezbollah and its operations in southern Lebanon, specifically in storing weapons near—and sometimes inside—civilian homes and neighborhoods, hiding behind the Lebanese people as human shields.
Over the years, Israeli military and political leaders have acknowledged that the IDF has conducted hundreds of strikes in war-torn Syria since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011 to prevent Iran and its proxies from entrenching in the chaotic region.
Posted on October 15, 2020
Source: (Bridges for Peace, October 15, 2020)
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