As if thumbing his nose at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Russian President Vladimir Putin has moved Iranian and Hezbollah officers into Quneitra, a little more than a mile from Israel’s border in the Syrian Golan.
DEBKA is reporting the move occurred over the weekend:
Surveillance spotters saw them moving around 2 km from the Golan border, the closest hostile Iranian and Hizballah troops have ever come to Israel’s border with Syria.
They were brought over from their base at Khan Arnaba, 6km east of the Golan.
Our sources report that the “administration center” is a military-civil body established by the Russians for managing the Quneitra de-escalation zone, one of four President Donald Trump and Putin agreed to establish in Syria …
Russian officers in civvies were seen driving Iranian and Hizballah officers, also in civilian garb, into the town of Quneitra and settling them in the building that houses the “administration center.” To mask this incursion as a purely civil event, the Russians also brought the former Syrian governors of Quneitra and of the Jordanian border town of Daraa along for the ride.
Syrian rebels operating in the area have been offered three options by the Russian-Iranian-Hezbollah operatives:
- Play along with their Quneitra “administrative center” and do as they are told, in return for Russian and Syrian army protection as well as regular supplies of food, water and medical care.
- Voluntarily disband and turn in their weapons to the Syrian army.
- If they reject the others, they would be free to move to another Syrian location of their choice with safe conduct guarantees for them and their families.
Israel had been providing support to these rebel units, which are aligned with ISIS and al-Qaeda, for the past four years. The “security buffer” this policy previously provided is now lost.
Full article: Iran, Hezbollah Now in Syrian Golan (TruNews)
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