Russia Deploys Military Police on Golan Heights

Aug 03, 2018, 06:30
Russia Deploys Military Police on Golan Heights

The terrorists had crossed into Israeli territory but had not yet breached the security fence, Conricus said, indicating the terrorists may have been on the way to attack Israel.

In a separate development, according to media reports, Russian Federation is planning to deploy military police on the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel and set up eight observation posts.

In Moscow, Rudskoy said Russia's military police would establish eight of its own monitoring posts at the edge of the United Nations disengagement zone at the frontier.

"They were in battle formation and it's our assessment they were on their way to carry out an attack on Israeli targets", said Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricos, an IDF spokesman.

Isreali soldiers patrol the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria, as seen from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, July 26, 2018.

Most of the Golan Heights have been occupied by Israel since the 1967 war.

"From our perspective, the situation is returning to how it was before the civil war, meaning there is a real address, someone responsible, and central rule", he told reporters, referring to a decades-old standoff between Israel and Syria.

The remarks by Israel's defense minister signal an emerging Israeli accommodation with Assad, an old enemy who has not sought direct confrontation with Israel, as he regains control of Syria from rebels - including some Islamist groups.

Israel has called for Iranian-backed forces to withdraw from Syria, appealing to Russian Federation to enforce their exit.

He said the Russian presence there was temporary, and that the observation posts would be handed over to Syrian government forces once the situation stabilized.

Separately, the Jordanian military said it also struck armed Islamic State terrorists who attempted to cross the border between Jordan and Syria on Thursday.

Syrian Army has officially secured all the bordering outposts with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, state-media reported on Thursday.

Israeli troops were on "high alert and readiness" following the strike.

Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman visited northern Israel Thursday, where he said he believes Assad's forces will help maintain calm.

Jordan has been in discussion with Russian authorities, Safadi said, and will respond to Syria's request "positively", in a way that supports Jordanian and Syrian interests.

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