"The response of the Israel Defense Forces is very focused," military
spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai said.
"On the Syrian border in the Golan Heights, I regret to say we're seeing
that the Syrian government and army are not in control of the situation,"
Mordechai said. "In fact, in the Majdal Shams area [of the northern Golan
Heights] hundreds of protestors arrived at the fence in front of the
security fence, rebuilt by the IDF this week. The situation is under control
and the IDF is acting with determination to thwart any attempt to breach the
border, while keeping lessons from recent events in mind."
Officials said the Israel Army was ordered to remain on high alert. They
said senior commanders, in coordination with Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny
Gantz, were monitoring the border on a daily basis to determine troop
On May 28, about 1,000 Palestinians broke through Israeli border
defenses along the Golan Heights. About a dozen people were killed by
Israeli live fire.
Along the Lebanese border, the Israel Army reported no clashes with
Palestinian demonstrators or their supporters. Officials said the Lebanese
Army and police blocked the arrival of hundreds of demonstrators.
"I'm happy that the Lebanese Army prevented demonstrators from approaching
the border fence," Mordechai said. "We're seeing that despite everything
there is a body in control of the situation."