Defence & Security News - Israel
|Thursday, July 11, 2013 09:48 AM|
|Israeli army will deploy a new regional military unit along the border with Syria.|
Israel's military will deploy a new regional unit along the Syrian border to protect the country from a possible spillover from the ongoing fighting in neighboring Syria, an army source said Wednesday, July 11, 2013. This will be the Israeli Defense Forces' (IDF) fifth regional division to be deployed in the Golan Heights, the same source told Chinese Press Agency Xinhua anonymously.
An Israeli soldier looks through his binoculars from the top of his tank during a drill near the border with Syria.
The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) currently deploys regional divisions across its northwestern border with Lebanon, across the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and also in south of Israel in the Negev and Arava Desert.
The decision on the new unit was finalized by the IDF's Chief of Staff Benny Gantz earlier this week, the Ha'aretz daily reported.
The Israeli army has authorized the move as there have recently been several barrages of misguided artillery, as well as several mortars fired intentionally by small militant groups in Syria, making its way into northern Israel, where an influx of wounded Syrians have been transferred into the IDF's hospital, according to local media.
In response to the clashes in Syria, a force of 170 Australian UN observers stationed in the Israeli-Syrian border left the area last month.
Israel is worried that Lebanon's Hezbollah militants may clash with its soldiers as many of the Shiite movement fighters have been combatting alongside Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military in Syria.