Volume. 11932

Israel launches airstrike on Lebanon-Syria border
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Israel99(5).jpgIsraeli warplanes conducted an airstrike near the northern area of the Bekaa Valley along the Lebanon-Syria border late on Monday night, the Lebanese National News Agency reported.
It was unclear if the raid had struck within Lebanese territory, with both Israel and Syria remaining silent about the incident.
However, the strike came two days after the Israeli army chief of staff threatened action to stop any transfer of weapons that would affect the military balance of power in the region.
Initial reports stated that the Israeli strike had hit close to the towns of Jenta and al-Nabi Sheet in the northern region of the Bekaa Valley, but security and military sources told Al-Akhbar that the strikes did not fall within Lebanese territory.
Sources also stated that it was unclear what the target was.
The Hezbollah television station Al-Manar also stated there had been "no raid on Lebanese territory," reporting only the "strong presence of enemy planes over the area north of Bekaa" in eastern Lebanon.
According to Reuters, an Israeli security source confirmed that there had been "unusually intense air force activity in the north," referring to Lebanon.
The strikes come at a time when a brutal and volatile conflict is raging in Syria, especially in the Qalamoun Mountains across the border from the northern Bekaa Valley.
Israel has struck Syria at least three times in the past year, and routinely violates Lebanese airspace.

Israel deploys new division in Golan 
Meanwhile, the Zionist military deployed a new division to the border with Syria in a move described as "a significant boost to border security and stability," the Jerusalem Post reported on Sunday.
The 210th Regional Bashan Division replaced the 36th Armor Division and the Har Dov sector, which have been stationed on the occupied Golan Heights for 40 years.
The 36th Armor Division will become "an all-purpose wartime division, designed to be sent to any combat arena, such as Lebanon or Gaza, to support other divisions," while the 210th Regional Bashan Division, with it's "enhanced capabilities" backed by air defense systems and intelligence operations, will also have the ability "to carry out a ground maneuver in enemy territory."
The deployment, dubbed "historic" has been planned months in advanced, spurred by the volatile events across the border in Syria particularly in terms of fears that "there is no Syrian state sovereignty in areas bordering the southern Golan Heights, and global jihadi forces are expected to get stronger in such areas," the Jerusalem Post said, citing Israeli intelligence assessments.
"The military sources said they do not expect Syria to recover from the civil war and go back to being a sovereign state in the foreseeable future, and they described the conflict as a strategic change that will be studied in future textbooks on Middle East history. It is impossible to know how Syria will turn out," the report said.
"The IDF’s map of territory controlled by the Assad regime and the rebels is changing continuously," it added.
Furthermore, the Jerusalem Post report noted that the 210th Division will be assisted by "a recently created Combat Intelligence Collection battalion, active along the Syrian border, and by a new security fence complete with electro-optical surveillance means and radars."
The 210th Division will also have the ability to conduct military operations without seeking higher approval.

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