The operation was carried out following Syrian’s continued violation of the disengagement agreement between Israel and Syria from 1974.
By TOBIAS SIEGAL – The Jerusalem Post
IDF Yahalom unit trains in Jordan valley
(photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON’S UNIT)
In a secret operation that took place last week and was made known to the public on Tuesday, IDF special forces crossed the border into the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria and destroyed two outposts belonging to the Syrian army, N12 reported.
The operation was carried out following Syria’s continued violation of the disengagement agreement between Israel and Syria from 1974 that determines that a designated buffer zone between the borders would only be occupied by a special UN force called the Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF.)
The operation included combat soldiers from the Nachal Brigade and commando soldiers from Yahalom – a special unit that specializes in combat engineering – crossing the border and destroying two Syrian outposts without being detected.
“You’re facing the enemy, you’re about 500 meters away,” Cap. Michael Zilberg from the Nachal Brigade told N12. “A mission like this requires you to be very focused, he added.
A team commander from Yahalom described the operation and said it included “making our way in a silent and covert manner to the targets, placing a system of explosives on both outposts and blowing them up simultaneously.”
Lt.-Col. Tal Goritzki from the Nachal Brigade explained the broader purpose of the mission, other than “punishing” the Syrians for violating the agreement.
“We know about the collaboration between the Syrian military and Hezbollah. Every Syrian military establishment has the potential to become a dual military establishment. We won’t allow southern Syria to become southern Lebanon,” Goritzki told N12.
The IDF has been focused in recent years at preventing Hezbollah and Iran from establishing terrorist positions on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, including launching attacks from the air against their positions.