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Syrian War Refugees Begin to Gather on Israeli Border

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29 Jun 2018 (All day)
Syrian War Refugees Begin to Gather on Israeli Border
IDF forces on the northern border were on alert and civilian aid agencies were on standby as fighting between rebel factions and forces loyal to the Assad regime intensified on the other side of the border. Large numbers of refugees fleeing the fighting in southwest Syria were also observed moving towards the Israeli zone of the Golan Heights after Jordanian officials declared their own border closed. On Friday morning, the IDF said it would send humanitarian supplies to the refugees inside Syria but would not open the border.

“The IDF is monitoring the events in southern Syria and is preparing for a variety of scenarios, including continued humanitarian assistance to fleeing Syrians. We will not allow passage of Syrians fleeing the country and will continue to defend Israel's security interests,” read a statement released by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. “This is a specific aid that the IDF and the State of Israel have transferred to the Syrians in camps in the south and in the center of the Syrian Golan Heights, in which thousands of Syrians live in poor conditions without access to water, electricity, food or basic necessities."

Israel and Palestinian Authority In Shadow Conflict Over Jerusalem
“The Jerusalem Police have been playing a cat-and-mouse game with the Palestinian Authority and other Palestinian political factions trying to operate in the city in violation of the law,” a Palestinian lawyer from eastern Jerusalem told The Jerusalem Post this week. “This has been going on for the past two decades. But in recent months, especially after [US President Donald] Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the city, we have witnessed an escalation in this conflict.”

In addition to this, anecdotal evidence suggests that other regional players, including Turkey, are also increasing their presence and activities in the eastern neighbourhoods of Israel’s capital city.

American Cops Come to Israel to Learn from Colleagues
The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) brought 21 police officers from the US States of Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee to Israel this week for a series of visits, lectures and lessons from their colleagues in the Israeli police. Participants in the trip expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to learn best practices from Israeli specialists in a wide variety of areas and said they’d be taking the lessons they learned back home to teach their co-workers.

Female Soldiers Complete Tank Commanders Course
The IDF announced on Thursday that four female soldiers have completed the tank commanders course and will soon be deployed to the Egyptian border. “There has never been such an experience in the IDF,” said chief armored officer Brig.-Gen Guy Hasson. “We didn’t give in to them by an inch and we didn’t compromise. It can be said for them that they did it like real fighters.”

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