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BERUIT, Lebanon, July 8 Syria is calling on its citizens who are in Lebanon to leave the country ahead of an expected military "eruption" expected to take place next week.
The London based Al-Hayat reported Saturday that Israel was "concerned" that Syria's decision to remove military checkpoints on the road to Kuneitra on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights could be a preparation for war.
According to the report, the checkpoints in question had been in place for 40 years, ever since the Six Day War.
Al-Hayat also claimed that foreign journalists were being barred from covering IDF maneuvers conducted on the Golan Heights.
Damascus denied reports Sunday morning that it ordered its nationals living in Lebanon to return to Syria, instead saying that it had made a decision to allow its students studying in Beirut to continue their studies in Damascus, fearing that Lebanese would harass them, Army Radio reported.
On Friday, the Nazareth-based A-Sinara reported that Syria planned to evacuate all of its citizens from Lebanon by mid-July. Furthermore, a Lebanese source told the newspaper, once Syrian nationals were out of the county, Syria planned to close its border crossings to Lebanon."
military sources discovered that Syria had on June 26 quietly opened the Damascus-Golan road to Quneitra to civilian traffic for the first time in 40 years
Originally posted by Evasius
My wife's mother is in Lebanon right now & is supposed to be there for another month. Should we be getting her on a plane home ASAP? I'll keep my eyes open for more news.
This is a regularly scheduled deployment for the strike group. They'll be operating in the same area from which the Eisenhower CSG recently returned.
In the meantime, one rumour doing the rounds in anti-Syrian circles at the moment centres on 15 July, the date apparently set by neighbouring Syria as a deadline for its workers in Lebanon to leave the country. There is probably nothing in it, but we're told to "expect some major event" on that day, and in the febrile atmosphere of the moment some imaginations are running unchecked.
July 9, 2007
WASHINGTON — Well-informed sources in Washington fear that a confrontation between Syria and Israel may happen this summer. The sources say that Syrian intelligence is abuzz with activity reports of an imminent Israeli attack across the Golan Heights, while others believe that it is Syria that is gearing up for war.
Dennis Ross, a former senior US Middle East peace negotiator, was quoted by an Israeli newspaper as saying that he thinks "there is a risk of war" between Syria and Israel in the summer. Ross told YnetNews, Yedioth Ahronoth's Internet edition, that "no one has made any decisions, but the Syrians are positioning themselves for war."
Originally posted by Foppezao
Maybe a silly question but why whould they urge Syrians to leave Lebanon and come to Syria[i suppose] which is more likely to become a theatre of war in this Golan conflict.
Published: 07.09.07, 15:50 / Israel News
If Israel doesn't vacate the strategic Golan Heights b y August- September, Syrian fighters will immediately launch "resistance operations" against Jewish communities in the Golan Heights , a top official from Syrian President Bashar Assad's Baath party told WND.
The Baath official, who spoke on condition his name be withheld, said Damascus was preparing for anticipated Israeli retaliation following these attacks and for a larger war with the Jewish state in August or September. He said Syria ha d the capabilit y of firing "hundreds" of missiles at Tel Aviv.
Originally posted by Foppezao
Maybe a silly question but why whould they urge Syrians to leave Lebanon and come to Syria.
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
I dont want to state the obvious here, but if indeed they make good on their threats, it wont be JUST Syria involved.