Israel rushes to secure northern border with Syria as U.N. forces flee in panic (video)By Mason White 4:43 PM September 1, 2014
By: Ze’ev Ben-Yechiel
(Scroll down for video) As the fighting at the Northern Israeli border with Syria intensifies, the U.N. forces that had been stationed in the area fled after coming under attack by rebel forces, the Tazpit News Agency reported.
Fire from some of the most intense fighting of the Syrian war, is finding its way across the border into Israel, with loud explosions heard and a mortar falling in the Golan Heights.
As the Syrian government forces continue to battle with insurgents over control of the Kuneitra border crossing, the U.N. forces evacuated the area under fire on Saturday, leaving Israel to secure the border by itself.
The fighting centered around the town of Hamidiyeh, north of Kuneitra, where Al-Nusra rebel troops aligned with Al Qaida, have taken control over the border crossing.
A Syrian news outlet loyal to Assad claims that government forces are preparing to recapture the crossing, while the IDF said that last week’s mortar fire that wounded two Israelis most likely spilled over from the fighting in that area.
In response to the heightened security risk, at 9:00 a.m., the IDF issued instructions to farmers in the area to keep away from the border fence.
The apple harvest is currently underway in the Golan Heights, with a number of trees located adjacent to the fence. By Monday afternoon, heavy casualties were reported in the Kuneitra area, including a claim by opposition fighters that they killed a senior commander in Assad’s army.
Government forces, meanwhile, claimed that they killed a number of rebel troops. Yesterday, the IDF shot down a drone from Syria that crossed into Israeli airspace near Kuneitra, and 44 Fijian soldiers remain captive after being seized by the rebels.