Trend Update: Israel/Syria Exchange Fire in Golan Heights, September 2016

Joshua 21:27 To the sons of Gershon, one of the families of the Levites, from the half-tribe of Manasseh, they gave Golan in Bashan, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands, and Be-eshterah with its pasture lands; two cities.

The Golan Heights has always been a hot spot of contention for the nation of Israel from their beginning. This was the case during the time of Moses 1,500 years before Christ. Here we are approximately 3,500 years later…

Military activity has picked up during the last month in the Golan Heights.

August 22, 2016: Israel launched air strikes on positions in Syria. This was in response to stray shells from fighting in Syria. A “Syrian army launcher” was destroyed. Nobody was reported as injured.

September 4, 2016: Syria shoots mortars into Israel in the Golan Heights. Israel did not report of any damage. “In response to mortar fire earlier today, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) targeted cannons of the Syrian regime in the northern Syrian Golan Heights,” the military statement read.

September 12, 2016: Syria states they have shot down two (2) Israeli jets near the Golan Heights. The Syrians also claim to have shot down a drone. “Early this morning, two missiles were launched from Syria after the IAF targeted Syrian artillery positions,” a spokesperson said. “IDF aircraft were not harmed.”

September 13, 2016: Syria fires three more mortars into the Golan Heights. Injuries were not reported. This was the sixth incident of fire to take place in the last week. Israel responded by striking Syria positions in their country. Syria has requested the United Nations Security Council to sanction Israel over strikes in its territory.



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