Israel closes border with Syria

2012-10-03 18:18

Jerusalem - The Israeli military says dozens of armed men have gathered on the Syrian side of the frontier in the Israel-controlled Golan Heights. Authorities closed a tourist site there in response.

An Israeli spokesperson said it was unclear what the armed Syrians were doing. He said there was no violence, and a tour group left Mount Hermon without incident. The army was watching the area. He spoke on condition of anonymity under military rules.

Israelis are concerned that fighting from Syria's civil war could spill across the border. Last month, mortar shells exploded in Israeli-controlled territory. Nobody was hurt. Israel said the shells were misfired.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war. It later annexed the strategic territory in a move that is not recognized internationally.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-03 18:43

    Trying to cause an international incident? Defection?

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-10-03 19:10

    Somebody's looking for a fight? They should know by now the Isreali army doesn't take crap they shoot to kill......

  • philhaj - 2012-10-03 20:32

    just remember no one in the middle east is immune to the Syrian crisis as long as the west have chosen violence not day the west would wish they had listened to Russia and China....

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-10-03 20:57

      Phijah, I'll pretend that you are misinformed and not just dumb. Just so that you know, the Syrian Govt is muderting (so far over 28000) it's own citizens. both the rebels and the Syrian forces are using weapons manufactured and supplied by China and Russia. Now go and re-think your statement.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-04 00:08

      What reality are you watching? Not the real one that's for sure.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-04 00:09

      To Patrick, the US is responsible for everything.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-04 00:18

      Philhaj, you're clearly unaware that Russia and China have the worst human rights records of any country on Earth, by far. Google Mao's Cultural Revolution, and Stalin's Pograms. Tens of millions of Russian and Chinese citizens killed and tortured by their own government. That is no exaggeration. And it was before Communism that was highly oppressive and brutal too. They are only starting to emerge from that dark past. China is run by an unelected Politburo, and Russia an ex-KGB office who slants elections in his favor, imprisons political opponents and arms unelected dictators such as Bashar Assad of Syria. Best to inform yourself or you could end up supporting the very dark forces you intend to weaken, which is exactly what you are doing now. Not smart.

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