Israeli side of Syrian border
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Area adjacent to Syrian border declared restricted zone

GOC Northern Command gears for possible demonstrations near border fence, closes off northern Golan Heights area

Better safe? The IDF declared the northern Golan Heights area a restricted military zone Friday. The order will remain in effect until midnight. The area's residents are free to come and go as usual.


The decision was made as part of the GOC Northern Command's deployment ahead of possible demonstrations near the border fence.


The order was given as a precautionary measure following the violent events of "Nakba Day," and the call among pro-Palestinian activists to march on Israel's borders.


The IDF stressed there was no concrete information suggestion such marched will indeed take place.


Military sources said that the forces deployed along the northern border "were ready for all scenarios," adding that the troops have been informed of the appropriate measures in case of civilians trying to breach the border; as well as on the rules of engagement in such cases.


The GOC Northern Command expressed concern mainly from extreme left-wing activists, who may try to arrive in the area with the intention to riot.


Meanwhile, police and Border Guard forces deployed in Jerusalem ahead of possible riots following the Friday prayer service on Temple Mount.


Additional forces have been deployed in and around Temple Mount plaza and in east Jerusalem.


Yair Altman and Hassan Shaalan contributed to this report



פרסום ראשון: 05.20.11, 11:56
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