Israeli Tanks Destroy Syrian Army Outpost in Golan Heights

Israel drops leaflets warning Syria to stay out of DMZ

Israeli tanks have reportedly attacked and destroyed a Syrian military observation post in the Golan Heights, near the village of Malgah. The site was destroyed, and there is no word of casualties.

Israel’s government has declined comment, noting it is their policy not to address attacks on targets unless they are specific retaliation for something. This strike does not appear to have had a provocation.

The area where the post is located is part of the demilitarized zone between Syrian Golan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Israeli planes reportedly dropped leaflets admonishing Syrian troops to stay out of the area.

This is not entirely uncommon, as Syria has long tried to maintain a series of observation sites to keep an eye on Israeli forces looming along the border. Israel doesn’t constantly attack such outposts, but will at times get riled up and destroy several within a short span of time. Whether this incident will kick off a new series of strikes remains to be seen.

Author: Jason Ditz

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