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IDF bolstering defenses along Syrian border

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The IDF is bolstering defenses along the Syrian border and beefing up its forces due to concern that terrorist groups are planning a cross-border attack in the Golan Heights, commander of Division 36 Brig.-Gen. Tamir Hyman said on Thursday.
Hyman briefed reporters during a tour of borderline military positions throughout the Golan Heights. Division 36 is the IDF formation in command of the Golan and Israel\’s border with Syria.
"Our assumption is that a terror attack or a war can happen without warning," Hyman said. "We are upgrading our infrastructure and renewing operational commands to prepare accordingly."
Israel\’s concerns range when it comes to Syria and includes the option that the country\’s advanced weaponry – like Scud missiles and chemical weapons – will fall into rogue hands as well as the possibility that Global Jihad elements operating in the country will try to attack Israel along the border.
"The government\’s loss of control and the instability is a convenient area of operations for Global Jihad elements in Syria," Hyman said. "Even without signs that this is already happening, we need to be prepared. This is the main challenge."
The IDF is concerned by a number of different types of attacks, including a cross-border infiltration into an Israeli town in the Golan, the potential abduction of a soldier or Israeli civilian as well as rocket fire into Israel from Syria.
The IDF is also preparing for the possibility that large numbers of Syrian citizens will rush the border to try and flee the Syrian military\’s violent crackdown.
The IDF has prepared a number of areas along the border where it plans to contain the civilians in such a case and protect them from Syrian military forces if needed. The final decision, if to allow the refugees into Israel would be up to the government.

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