Brain Bush’s Blog

Conflict at Quneitra

  • By : Brian Bush
  • June 7, 2013
  • 7:43 pm

Hi All,

Let's fill you in on yesterday's dramatic incident at the only border crossing between Syria and Israel at their disengagement lines on the Golan.

The place is called Quneitra, and it is a crossing point for the mostly Druze community of the area.

Israel is concerned about what goes on at this crossing because it does not want Syrian jihadi rebels to start taking shots at Israel and draw it into the conflict.

What happened was that the rebels captured, after heavy shelling, the United Nation manned checkpoint in the morning yesterday.

Within hours, Syrian Government forces arrived with tanks and armored vehicles and a heavy but relatively quick battle took place that saw President Bashar Assad's forces capture the symbolically significant crossing.

By retaking the crossing, and that with swift determination, President Assad is demonstrating the use of Syrian Government power exercised by the Damascus government.

The UN contingent from Austria, 300 members strong, withdrew yesterday from the mission of monitoring the officially demilitarized zone from the 1973 conflict between Syria and Israel.

This leaves Israel in a rather nervous position because it does not seek to open up another front of conflict.

Russia has come out saying that they will be willing to replace the troops.

Israel is in the ongoing process of monitoring the Golan Heights, while moving tanks and armored vehicles into the area for any further unrest.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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