The revolution in Syria appears to be increasing as President Bashar al-Assad has fled Damascus for a location in SW Syria, a three hour travel distance by plane. According to Israel Radio reports, the new venue for the Syrian dictator affords him more of an advantage to defend himself against rebel forces that continue advancing in Damascus.
As the fighting escalates across Israel’s northern border, the Israeli intelligence community is seeking to keep abreast of events, which appear increasingly worrisome as anarchy seems to be prevailing.
Ynet reports that the IDF seems to have moved to some level of operational alert as shabbos furloughs for some soldiers have been canceled to keep them on base, ready for whatever may develop.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)