US calls for de-escalation on Israel-Syria border

Says Israel has the right to defend itself.

By
August 22, 2015 02:54
1 minute read.
Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks in the Golan Heights near Israel's border with Syria

Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks in the Golan Heights near Israel's border with Syria. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

NEW YORK -- The United States is closely monitoring an escalating military confrontation between Israel and military forces in Syria, and calls on all parties to avoid further jeopardizing a long-held ceasefire in the Golan Heights, a State Department official told The Jerusalem Post on Friday evening.

Israel conducted a second round of strikes in Syrian-controlled territory on Friday, reportedly hitting a vehicle and killing six. The Israeli government says its targets are militants responsible for firing rockets into Israeli-controlled territory the day before.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The four rockets fired from Syria marked the first such exchange since 1973.

Lebanese media released video of Syrian anti-aircraft batteries firing at Israel Air Force units in response. The images could not be independently verified by the Post.

"We strongly condemn the rocket attacks against Israel and the Golan Heights from Syrian territory," said Dina Badawy, a spokesperson for the State Department. "We fully support Israel’s right to self-defense, and to ensure the safety of its people."

After the exchange of fire, the US embassy in Israel issued an emergency alert to American nationals in Israel warning against travel to the Golan and to Israel's northern territories.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that the militants are operating under the orders of the Iranian government. But Badawy said the US had not yet determined the perpetrators of the attack.



"We are closely monitoring the situation, and have been in close contact with the Israeli government since the attack occurred," she said. "We are currently working to confirm details of the attack and who may have been responsible."

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has also urged both sides to exercise restraint.

Related Content

cannabis weed marijuana medical plant pot joint
July 18, 2018
Lebanon to consider legalizing cannabis growing

By REUTERS