Siren heard in Golan Heights

Siren heard shortly after 12:30 a.m. in the Golan Regional Council. IDF clarifies it was a false alarm.

Elad Benari,

Golan Heights
Golan Heights
Hillel Maeir/TPS

A siren was heard overnight Tuesday, shortly after 12:30 a.m., in the Golan Regional Council in northern Israel.

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit clarified that the siren was a false alarm.

On Tuesday afternoon, Syrian refugees moved in towards the Israeli frontier, requesting permission to cross the border into Israel.

Dozens of Syrians were spotted approaching the Israeli border on the Golan Heights, converging on the border fence from the Kuneitra area, on the Syrian side of the Golan.

The Syrians waved white makeshift flags and requested they be permitted to enter Israel.

Israeli security forces stationed along the border ordered them to halt, stopping the group of Syrians roughly 200 yards from the border checkpoint.

IDF soldiers on the border then ordered the Syrians to move away from the Israeli border.

Last month, tens of thousands of Syrian refugees were spotted heading towards the Golan Heights, fleeing violence in the southern Syrian Daraa region amid a new campaign by Assad’s forces to crush rebel forces in the area.

Israeli officials reiterated that Israel would not permit Syrians to enter the country, though Israel would continue its policy of providing humanitarian aid to refugees and medical treatment to injured Syrian civilians.

In late June, Israel transferred large quantities of humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees living in camps along the border, including 13 tons of food stuffs, 15 tons of baby, hundreds of tents, and 30 tons of clothing and footwear.




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