IDF says it will protect Syrian Druze village bordering Golan Heights


(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to A resident of the Israeli Druze village of Majdal Shams, in the northern Golan Heights, suffered a gunshot wound Friday from what the IDF said was apparent spillover from fighting between the Syrian army and rebel forces.

Israeli Druze community leader Sheikh Muwaffak Tarif receives a security briefing from the IDF on Friday. Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

Defense sources confirmed that intense fighting had been taking place on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights throughout Friday morning. IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, GOC Northern Command Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick and other senior Israeli defense officials proceeded to hold a meeting to assess the situation.

IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said in a statement that the military was prepared to defend the Syrian Druze village of Hader, which borders the Israeli Golan Heights, saying the military will prevent any attempt by Syrian rebels to seize control of the village.

“The IDF is prepared to assist the village’s residents and will prevent the harming or conquering of the village, out of our deep commitment to the Druze population,” Manelis said.

Posted on November 3, 2017 .