The IDF will be on high alert along the borders with Syria and Lebanon, as well as in the West Bank on Tuesday amid concern that Palestinians will launch large protests in conjunction with Al-Quds Day â€“Â Jerusalem DayÂ â€“Â markingÂ Israelâ€™s capture of the capital in 1967.
IDF sources said that troops will remain in place on the Golan Heights on the outskirts of the Druse village of Majdal Shams, where there wereÂ violent attempts to infiltrate Israel on Sunday and 24 Syrian-Palestinians were killed, according to Syrian media reports.
On Monday, the IDF said the Syrian government was purposely exaggerating the death toll in an effort to shift its peopleâ€™s focus away from PresidentÂ Bashar Assadâ€™s deadly crackdown on opposition inside his country.
The Northern Command identified between 8 and 10 protesters who were killed when a gasoline bomb they threw set a minefield on fire, causing the premature detonation of mines. The Red Cross was also unable to confirm the Syrian media reports.
Internet organizers are continuing efforts to bring Palestinians to the streets on Tuesday, the last day in a three-day â€œNaksa Dayâ€ commemoration that began on Friday and continued on Sunday.
The Facebook group â€œCountdown to the ThirdÂ Palestinian Intifadaâ€ â€“ which has amassed 379,000 followers, or â€œlikesâ€ â€“ has designated Tuesday as the â€œDay of Allegiance to Jerusalemâ€ and called on supporters to march on the capitalâ€™s Al-Aksa Mosque in a display of loyalty to the city.
The IDFâ€™s concern is that Palestinian protesters in Syria will try to turn the border near Majdal Shams into the scene of â€œregularâ€ demonstrations, similar to the weekly protests that are held in the West Bank villages of Bilâ€™in and Niâ€™lin against construction of the security barrier.
â€œWe are prepared for this possibility and for now we will keep troops there on a permanent basis,â€ one IDF source said.
IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz visited the border area on Monday and said the military would stay ready amid predictions that demonstrations on the scale of Sundayâ€™s violence would continue.
â€œWe must maintain a high level of alert and be prepared,â€ Gantz said.
â€œWe are prepared to deal with every obstacle and to activate our defenses against possible terrorist threats and against mass attempts to cross our borders.â€
To read more, visit:Â http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=223995
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