Dozens of displaced Syrians approach Israel border waving white flags

Nellie Chapman
July 19, 2018

According to eyewitnesses, the Syrians were were stopped some 200 meters from the border by IDF soldiers who shouted at them to "go back".

The offensive has triggered the single biggest displacement of the war, with several hundred thousand people uprooted.

Syrian state television confirmed the transfers had begun, broadcasting images of white buses they said were carrying the fighters, their blue curtains drawn, surrounded by military forces.

As the incident unfolded at the border fence, civilians in the nearby Al Briqa refugee camp held a media conference over Skype, saying they were prepared to break through the fence if regime forces advanced towards them.

"The Syrian jets do not dare to reach the Quneitra area due to an agreement struck between Russian Federation and Israel in the southern front", Qahwaji said.

"We now are working on the logistical arrangements", said an Islamist rebel source familiar with the secret negotiations that Turkey was also involved in.

Last week Liberman reiterated Israel's concerns, stressing that the "the Iranian presence in Syria is unreasonable, and we are not prepared to accept an Iranian presence in Syria anywhere, and as you have heard a few times, we will act against any Iranian consolidation in Syria".

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Israel believes that Iran's Revolutionary Guard's Corps and Quds forces have continued to entrench themselves in Syria despite strikes against Iranian targets attributed to Israel, the most recent being last week in Syria's Aleppo province. Just minutes ago, they brought the bodies of small children whose bodies were shattered.

The hearing took place in the House Subcommittee on National Security, chaired by US Congressman Ron DeSantis, an advocate of recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Israeli part of the Golan Heights. We are seeking a safe place to live.

In private conversations, Friedman allegedly told the politicians that instead of being grateful after the USA recognized Jerusalem and made the momentous move of its embassy to the city, the Israelis immediately asked for more, displaying what he termed "ingratitude".

Israel has threatened a harsh response to any attempt by Syrian forces to deploy in the disengagement zone, complicating the offensive as it draws closer.

Moscow intervened in the Syrian conflict in September 2015 and as an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Moscow finds itself part of an alliance between Damascus and Tehran, the patron of Hezbollah.

SOHR chief said regime forces had ousted rebels from Al Tiha in a military advance, while opposition forces in Al Hara had agreed a surrender deal.

The United States and Russia will work together to ensure Israel's security, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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