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Barak: Syrian villages on Israel border in rebel hands

Nearly all of the Syrian villages along the border with Israel are in rebel hands, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday, during a tour of the Golan Heights region with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
The Syrian military is becoming less efficient, Barak said.Barak praised the IDF and said it was closely monitoring "the painful crumbling of the Assad regime."
He added that the IDF's northern Command is ensuring that Syrian fire isn't directed over the border into Israel, "while making more wide-scale preparations for all developments."
"It's very difficult to estimate what will be in Syria in the future, and we need to be alert and ready here, like in other areas," the defense minister said.
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