UN taking steps to preserve Assad regime
The United Nations has decided that one of the duties of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on the Syrian-Israeli border is to keep the Assad regime informed of Israeli humanitarian activities
on the Golan Heights.
According to a report from December 3, 2013, a person wounded on
September 15 “was taken by armed members of the opposition across the
ceasefire line, where he was transferred to a civilian ambulance
escorted by an IDF vehicle." Moreover, from November 9 to 19 the “UNDOF
observed at least 10 wounded persons being transferred by armed members
of the opposition from the Bravo side across the ceasefire line to IDF."
Further reports indicated similar incidents. However, cooperation
between the IDF and Syrian rebels that was revealed in UN observer
reports does not just include transferring the wounded. Observers
remarked in the report distributed on June 10 that they identified IDF
soldiers on the Israeli side handing over two boxes to armed Syrian
opposition members on the Syrian side.
The last report distributed to Security Council members, on December 1,
described another meeting between IDF soldiers and Syrian opposition
members that two UN representatives witnessed on October 27 some three
kilometers east of Moshav Yonatan. The observers said they saw two IDF
soldiers on the eastern side of the border fence opening the gate and
letting two people enter Israel. The report, contrary to previous ones,
did not note that the two exiting Syria were injured or why they entered
This specific event is of particular interest in light of what happened
on the Syrian side of the border in the exact same region. According to
the report, UN observers stated that tents were set up about 300 meters
from the Israeli position for some 70 families of Syrian deserters. The
Syrian army sent a letter of complaint to UNDOF in September, claiming
this tent camp was a base for “armed terrorists” crossing the border
into Israel. The Syrians also warned that if the UN would not evacuate
the tent camp, the Syrian army would view it as a legitimate target.
If Haaretz's Barak Ravid knows about these reports, so does Bashar al-Assad (and he probably has known for a long time). What could go wrong?
Labels: Golan Heights, humanitarian aid, IDF, real humanitarians, Syrian uprising, UNDOF, United Nations Security Council