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Israel closes Golan zone adjacent to Syria
Published Sunday 11/05/2014 (updated) 13/05/2014 11:17
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A picture taken on May 11, 2014 from the Israeli-occupied Syrian
Golan Heights shows smoke billowing from an explosion during
clashes between rebels and Syrian pro-government forces in the
Syrian town of al-Kahtaniyya (AFP Jalaa Marey)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel's army on Sunday declared part of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights a closed military zone, fearing battles on the Syrian side would spill over the ceasefire line.

An army spokeswoman told AFP the area around the Quneitra crossing was closed "for security reasons."

Speaking to AFP, security sources said they feared fighting between rebels and Syrian army forces would affect the area.

Rebels in southern Syria set up earlier this year the so-called Southern Front, including some 30,000 fighters from more than 55 mainstream rebel groups, and have claimed successes, notably in Quneitra.

Israel, which is technically at war with Syria, seized 1,200 square kilometers (460 square miles) of the Golan Heights plateau during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.

In March, Israeli aircraft struck inside Syria in the wake of a bomb attack on the Golan which wounded four soldiers.

Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, the plateau has been tense, with a growing number of stray projectiles hitting the Israeli-occupied side, prompting an occasional armed response.
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1 ) Joanne / Bolivia
11/05/2014 17:33
The IDF closed the Quneitra border crossing area due to heavy exchanges of fire raging between Syrian troops and rebel in the Syrian sector of the Golan enclave in the past few days. The Israel army takes his precaution to keep local farmers out of range of stray bullets from the Syrian battles. the Syrian army is fighting to capture key positions around the Golan town of Quneitra which rebel forces have occupied since last month. So it's Arabs killing Arabs as usual.

2 ) JoeFattal / USA
11/05/2014 18:51
Assad is too busy to win the civil war, and Israel is the last of his worries. But Israel will come up with a reason to imply that their security is threaten as every where else in the region. Either Israel is a paranoid state or they playing the part to intense the situation. But It serve them politically to play the victim and as usual the US will come to their assistance.

3 ) celinea / HUNGARY
11/05/2014 19:56
Arabs killing Arabs and who cares. CLEARLY NOT THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AS IT DOES NOT INVOLVE JEW OR Israel BASHING.
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