Got that. Good, Now, here's a map of the area in question, courtesy of EoZ, who wonders, "So where was UNDOF on Sunday?":
Once again a flood of headlines present Israel as an aggressor responsible for the deaths of dozens of unarmed civilians. Was this really a peaceful protest or another Syrian-engineered attempt to breach Israel’s border? Where did the media get it right and where did it go wrong?read the rest:
The following video is a warning issued by an IDF soldier to rioters approaching the Syrian-Israeli border near Majdal Shams, one which I heard broadcast live on the day in question:Make sure to
Translation to English: "Stop! You are breaching an international border. We warn you not to damage security infrastructure. Whosoever attempts to violate Israel's sovereignty or security infrastructure puts himself in jeopardy. Please return to Syria."
UNDOF is the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in Syria. This is its mandate:Here is a map showing its area of operations. I have highlighted Majdal Shams, where the riots were yesterday and on May 15th.
- Maintain the ceasefire between Israel and Syria;
- Supervise the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces; and
- Supervise the areas of separation and limitation, as provided in the May 1974 Agreement on Disengagement.
(Click on map to embiggen)
The map shows that the Arab rioters passed through miles of UNDOF areas patrolled by the Austrian contingent of UNDOF.Be sure to read the rest, and maybe you can provide an answer to his questions.
The entire UNDOF forces consist of around 1200 lightly armed peacekeepers.
So what did they do on Sunday to defuse tensions on the border?