Chief of Staff orders increased alertness due to explosion in Syria

Lt. Gen. Gantz concluded the situation assessment held regarding the explosion that killed top Syrian security officials. IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson: IDF (Zahal) tracks occurrences in Syria

Date: 18/07/2012, 7:55 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, concluded a special situation assessment today (Wednesday, July 18) regarding the recent developments in Syria, where top security officials were killed by opposition forces. As a result of an explosion that took place in Damascus, Syrian defense minister, Daoud Rajha, his deputy Asef Shawkat were killed.

Head of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, GCO Northern Command, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan and other IDF (Zahal) officials participated in the situation assessment. Lt. Gen. Gantz instructed the officials to continue tracking occurrences at the border, employing the necessary alertness. He also ordered holding continual situation assessments about the region. Security officials will hold an additional assessment tomorrow.

IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai addressed the incident as well and said, “The IDF (Zahal) closely tracks what is taking place in Syria. The incidents have regional influence.”

Defense minister, Ehud Barak, is currently consulting with security and intelligence officials regarding the current situation in Syria, and instructed close tracking of the incident. Additionally, Mr. Barak spoke with Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, about the occurrences in Syria. Defense minister Barak said, “Israel is closely tracking the developments in Syria.”