Russia Sends Military Police to Syria’s Golan Heights

Published August 3rd, 2018 - 06:15 GMT
(AFP/ File)
(AFP/ File)
Russian military police began deploying in the Syrian-held Golan Heights on Thursday and planned to set up eight observation posts in the area, the Defense Ministry in Moscow said.

The deployment is aimed at supporting a decades-old UN peacekeeper presence there, it added.

It said the new Russian posts would be handed over to the Syrian regime once the situation had stabilized.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that, for there to be long-term quiet between Israel and Syria, the regime must abide by a 1974 UN-monitored armistice that set up demilitarized zones on the Golan.

“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 during a tour of air defense units in northern Israel.

He reiterated Israel’s demand that Iran not set up military bases against it in Syria, nor that Syria be used to smuggle arms to Lebanon’s “Hezbollah” party.

Later, Israel and Jordan said that their forces had killed ISIS terrorists who approached their borders after being squeezed out of southwestern Syria by the regime.

After weeks of intensive Russian-backed bombing, the regime seized the lush farmland where the Yarmouk River flows that was once controlled by a group affiliated to ISIS known as the Khaled Bin Walid Army.

The Israeli military said it carried out an air strike on the Golan on Wednesday night, killing seven extremists it believed were from the Khaled Bin Walid Army and en route to attack an Israeli target.

Separately, the Jordan military said it had clashed with encroaching Khaled Bin Walid Army fighters for 24 hours between Tuesday and Wednesday, killing an unspecified number of them.

“We applied rules of engagement and members of the ISIS gang were forced to retreat inside Syria,” an army source told Jordanian state news agency Petra.

The regime’s sweep of southwest Syria drove hundreds of thousands of refugees toward Israel and Jordan, alarming both.
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