YourNewsWire.com By Niamh Harris Mon., July 09, 2018
Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (pic above) threatened Syria with a “harsh response”if Syrian government troops and their allied fighters attempt to enter the occupied Golan Heights frontier zone in Southern Syria.
He warned against violating a decades-old ceasefire agreement on the Golan heights as Syria looks set to reclaim pockets of rebel-held territory. Lieberman said on Monday: “For our part we will sanctify the 1974 disengagement agreement, and there too we will insist that every last letter be abided by, and any violation will meet a harsh response”.
Press TV reports: His comments echoed those of Gilad Erdan, the regime’s public security minister, who said on Thursday that Israel could strike Syrian government troops if they were stationed in the demilitarized zone.
Lieberman’s remarks came some 20 days after the Syrian forces launched a major military campaign to recapture the militant-held areas in southern Syria near the Jordanian border and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, including Dara’a province, together with the neighboring provinces of Quneitra and Suwaida.
On Sunday, the official Syrian news agency, SANA, reported that the Syrian army had to date expanded its control over 72 percent of the entire Dara’a province, either through direct fighting against the militant outfits or a recently-signed ceasefire signed between them and the Russian military, which has been providing aerial support for the government troops since September 2015 on a formal request by Damascus.
Syria, which has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011, has said that the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies have been aiding Takfiri terrorist groups.
On Sunday night, Syria said its air defense units had repelled Israeli sorties against the T4 air base in Homs province.
“Regarding yesterday – I read about it in the newspapers today and I have nothing to add,” Lieberman further said on Monday.
Earlier this month, the Israeli military said that it had deployed artillery and armored reinforcements to the occupied mountainous plateau of Golan Heights, saying the move was the result of a situation assessment “in light of developments on the Syrian Golan Heights.”
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