On Monday, the confrontation between the IDF and some armed forces on the Syrian territory continued. Artillery went back again, there were dead and wounded. The circumstances of these incidents, like all the previous ones, are extremely confusing. At the same time, geopolitics are much smaller in them than is generally assumed.
About 9 in the morning, information was received that the Israeli Defense Army (IDF) struck back against the positions of the Syrian army after another mortar shelling of the Israeli territory of the Golan Heights (which Syria, by the way, considers its own). This was submitted as a third incident of this kind in the last three days.
It was reported that in several Israeli settlements an automatic alarm signal was allegedly triggered during the shooting - the siren. Correspondents of the local agency Wallanews claimed that at least one Syrian shell exploded on farmland "in the depths of Israeli territory."
A little later, representatives of the Israeli army reported that there were no places for falling shells or mines. In the end, it turned out that there was no fire in the main, the siren did not sound, and the IDF did not open the "return fire".
After long and unsuccessful searches (in military jargon - "combing the terrain"), the Israelis found several holes in the fence and in the fence around the UNDOF camp and attributed these holes to machine-gun fire. This is the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, that is, a small group of the organization's employees, under the command of Indian General Jai Shanker Menon, who, from 1974, are sending mail and "assisting the work of the Red Cross."
The IDF surrendered and disavowed information about the shelling and response to this. But in a rush they did it only in Twitter and only in Hebrew, as a result of which the rest of the civilized world for several hours believed that the Golan was again shooting.
This panic of a local spill is a direct consequence of two previous incidents, much more real, but from this no less intricate.
So, 24 June about 10 mortar shells exploded on the Israeli territory of the Golan Heights. In response, the IDF attacked the positions of the Syrian army from the air. The Israelis also sent a sharp protest to the UNDOF command, but they were just disarmed.
At the same time, a "military-diplomatic source in the RF Ministry of Defense" said that Israel destroyed the tanks of the terrorist group "Djebhat an Nusra", not the government army, but this information was not confirmed in the IDF. On the contrary, they persist in entering into fire contact with the Syrian army.
What is characteristic, Damascus remained silent. A "military-diplomatic source" in translation into a normal language is a military attache, to whom such statements are made not by status.
The next day on the Golan Heights, several shells were fired from Syria. As a result of the shelling, no one was hurt, moreover, no material damage was caused. However, the answer was: the IDF struck at positions of the Syrian army in the Kuneitra area, that is, far into the Syrian territory.
According to Syrian sources, as a result of this attack, five people were injured. Later, Syrian media reported that the IDF again attacked the positions of the government army, aiming at the mortar battalion, as well as on a lone army car, apparently, the command.
"We strongly oppose any attempts to damage the sovereignty and security of our citizens," the IDF stressed. However, this is not the only motivation for the shelling of Syrian territory.
In Israel, closely monitor the movement of long-range artillery of all sides of the conflict in Syria and, as soon as someone approaches Kuneitra with something long-legged at the beginning, start fussing. Sometimes the reason for such a fuss is no more than a mirage, the Israelis are not too lazy to attack even positions and bases near Damascus. In Israel itself, such tactics are uniquely supported by the population - and it can be understood.
And now: shortly after the report of the shelling was disproved, the Israeli artillery really struck at the firing points of the Dzhulan battalion in Mafrazat al-Jisra (about 40 kilometers from Damascus). "Dzhulan" is included in the "National Defense Forces" (SSS), fighting on the side of the Syrian troops. On Sunday, he knocked out terrorists from the Jebhat al-Nusra from the area.
As a result of the Israeli blow, two militiamen were killed and three others were injured, TASS said citing the Lebanese TV channel Al-Mayadin. Thus, the third incident took place in three days.
Yes, the IDF sometimes overacts and folds the stick. In many ways, this is due to the need to constantly maintain the prestige of the army, which, of course, is high, but after a number of unsuccessful operations in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip has suffered noticeably.
There is no geopolitics in the periodic mortar and tank duels in the Golan, but these small-scale clarifications of relations prevent the Syrian government troops from taking seriously the remnants of the jihadists that have settled west and south of Kuneitra. Because of the nervousness of the IDF, it is necessary to bring heavy equipment and artillery to it with caution. But no one is going to climb to the fortified positions of jihadists with their bare hands.
The lack of direct channels of communication between Jerusalem and Damascus confuses the situation even more. Realizing what such artillery duel can threaten in the long term, Russia acts as an intermediary between the two governments. But effective work in the "spoiled phone" mode, when the nerves of all are heated to the limit, and the account goes for a minute, at least not the most trivial task.