The IDF raised its level of alert on Thursday and called off weekend furloughs for officers and soldiers due to concern over the ongoing fighting in Syria.

On Wednesday, a bomb in a Damascus security building on Wednesday killed Defense Minister Daoud Rajha, former defense minister and senior military official General Hassan Turkmani and Assad's brother-in-law Assef Shawkat. Syria’s Interior Minister as well as several other officials were seriously wounded in the attack.

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