Syria asks IDF to hold fire as it battles rebels

UN peacekeeping troops report says Syrian regime asked IDF not to fire at their tanks in Golan ceasefire buffer zone.

June 9, 2013 01:46
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A United Nations (UN) peacekeeping soldier

A United Nations (UN) peacekeeping soldier. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

The Syrian regime asked Israel not to fire on its tanks in the Golan Heights buffer zone between the two countries during Thursday's internecine fighting in the area, according to a report apparently by the United Nations peacekeeping troops on the Golan. 

The Syrian armed forces were battling opposition troops who had briefly seized control of the Syrian side of the Quneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria.

American journalist Nabil Abi Saab, who regularly covers United Nations activity in his blog UN-Report, on Saturday posted a

The battle at the Quneitra crossing ended Thursday with the Syria regime regaining full control of the area. Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have been fighting for more than two years against the opposition that is determined to unseat him. More than 80,000 people are reported to have died since the fighting began in early 2011.

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