Mideast: Israel putting up new barrier in Golan Heights

Concerns over possible attacks from Syria

27 December, 13:00

A druze boy on his bicycle looks at an Israeli army jeep passing on the border road with Syria A druze boy on his bicycle looks at an Israeli army jeep passing on the border road with Syria

(ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV - Construction of a new barrier along the line of demarcation between the Golan Heights (occupied by Israel in 1967) and Syria has been stepped up, according to the Israeli commercial television station Channel 2. The barrier was rendered necessary after decades of calm by several border incidents over the past few months in the Golan Heights. The broadcaster noted that Israel is concerned that Islamic groups working in Syria to bring down Bashar Al-Assad's regime might in future launch attacks also at Israeli objectives in the Golan Heights. The old border fences are being replaced by a much higher and more solid structure, similar to the one along the border between Israel and Egypt. So far, Channel 2 notes, four kilometres of the barrier have been completed near the Druze city Majdal Shams, the capital of the occupied Golan Heights.

Over the coming months another 54 kilometres will be put up between the zones of 54 Kuneitra (northern Golan) and Mevo Hama, in the south. ''The situation is still calm,'' Col. Tamir Heiman, military commander of the zone, told the broadcaster. ''But we must be ready to deal with even the worst case scenario.'' (ANSAmed).

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