Israel reinforces Syrian frontier, bloodshed spirals

Israel reinforces Syrian frontier, bloodshed spirals

JERUSALEM - Agence France-Presse
Israel yesterday ramped up security along its ceasefire line with Syria in the occupied Golan Heights as fighting between rebels and President Bashar al-Assad’s regime intensified, Israeli security sources said.

With the clashes spreading across the Syrian side of the strategic plateau, Israeli troops were put on “very high” alert, an Israeli source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

 “The Israel army is reinforcing the fence between Israel and Syria, by adding more barbed wire,” the source told AFP, indicating that it was motivated by “fears that refugees from the Syrian side could cross it.”

“They are also digging all kinds of holes on the ground with bulldozers to prevent vehicles from coming in,” the source said, adding that a large number of soldiers had been transferred to the plateau to be on hand if the situation took a turn for the worse. “A lot of soldiers have been moved to the area, officially for training, but they will be there if anything big happens,” the source said.