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Israel Strikes Assad Regime Forces in Syrian Golan Heights

Israeli Civilians Send Humanitarian Supplies to Syrian Refugees

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12 Jul 2018 (All day)
Israel Strikes Assad Regime Forces in Syrian Golan Heights
The IDF spokesperson issued a statement Thursday morning confirming that three positions manned by forces loyal to Syria’s Assad regime had been struck in retaliation for the attempt Wednesday evening by a military UAV to penetrate Israeli airspace from the Syrian side of the border. That attempt was broken up when IDF forces shot the drone down with a Patriot missile, but not before residents of the Galilee and Golan Heights were alerted to potential danger by air raid sirens. "The IDF will continue to act decisively and resolutely against attempts to violate the sovereignty of the State of Israel and act against any attempt to harm its citizens," the IDF statement read, "The Syrian regime is responsible for what is happening in its territory and is warned against acting against our forces. The IDF is highly prepared for a variety of scenarios and will continue to act as necessary for the safety of the citizens of the State of Israel."

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters during a briefing that he and US President Donald Trump are working in close coordination in the Syrian theater, in reaction to a Tweet by US Senator Lindsey Graham that Israel should be “very careful making agreements with Russia re Syria that affect US interests.” Netanyahu held the press conference following meetings he held with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow in which, he said, the two leaders discussed areas of mutual interest in Syria, and elsewhere, in great detail.

Finally, the IDF transferred several tons of humanitarian supplies, donated by Israeli citizens, to refugees on the Syrian side of the border this week. The transfers, part of the IDF’s ongoing “Operation Good Neighbor” project, included food, clothing, toys and games for children, and many other items.

“For six years, a cruel war that has claimed the lives of more than 500,000 people has been taking place in Syria, and the world remains quiet in the face of this horror. We, the residents of the Golan, look right over the fence and see the people fleeing from the killing fields together with their children, and clinging to the fence with Israel,” said Eli Malka, the head of the Golan Regional Council. “We feel the moral obligation, in accordance with our values, to send humanitarian aid and, as much as is possible, to build a relationship of humanity with those who have always been our neighbors on the other side of the fence. The residents of the Golan have come together wholeheartedly to raise and collect supplies, and make personal gift bags for the Syrian children, to give them a moment of happiness in a great chaos.”

 

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