From bad to worse.
Update to this story.
Nearly all of the Syrian villages along the border with Israel are in rebel hands, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday, during a tour of the Golan Heights region with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
The Daily Telegraph reported late on Tuesday that Syrian rebels have seized control over two towns in the buffer zone with Israel.
The Syrian military is becoming less efficient, Barak said.
Barak praised the IDF and said it was closely monitoring “the painful crumbling of the Assad regime.”
He added that the IDF’s northern Command is ensuring that Syrian fire isn’t directed over the border into Israel, “while making more wide-scale preparations for all developments.”
“It’s very difficult to estimate what will be in Syria in the future, and we need to be alert and ready here, like in other areas,” the defense minister said.
The prime minister added that “We are determined to defend our land and our borders. We made that clear to the other side.”