November 4, 2012
A day after three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone on the Golan Heights to attack Syrian rebels, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz visited the border region on Sunday, and warned army forces that “the Syrian affair could turn into our affair.” Gantz instructed the IDF to be on alert in the area, and to prevent any spillover of the Syrian conflict into Israeli territory.
The Syrian tanks that entered the demilitarized zone on Saturday have still not left the area.
The IDF has called on the United Nations’ Disengagement Force on the Golan Heights to oversee the withdrawal of the tanks.
The vehicles entered Beit Ajam, a few kilometers from an IDF position on the border. Earlier on Saturday, local residents near the Syrian border reported hearing heavy exchanges of fire between the Syrian army and rebels.