Syrians Approach Israeli Border to Escape Regime Offensive

his Thursday, July 5, 2018 photo provided by Nabaa Media, a Syrian opposition media outlet, shows people who fled from Daraa province, gathering in the Quneitra countryside, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Syrian state media and a war monitor said Friday that government forces have captured new areas along the …
Nabaa Media, via AP

The Times of Israel reports: Some 200 displaced Syrians approached the Israeli border on Tuesday, some of them waving white flags, in an apparent effort to reach out to the Jewish state for assistance as forces loyal to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad moved into the area as part of a military operation against rebel-held areas in the country’s southwest.

The refugees fled toward the border as a Russian airstrike on a nearby school being used as a shelter killed at least 10 civilians, according to a search and rescue team. The Israel Defense Forces said it was aware of the situation on the border, but had not yet determined a need to take direct action.

Soldiers were seen calling for the approaching Syrians to move away from the border, in footage filmed by the Reuters news service.

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