IDF Alerts North for Iranian Attack From Syria

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Preparing a bomb shelter in the northern Israeli city of Tzfas, Tuesday, following an order by the mayor to open all the bomb shelters in the city. (David Cohen/Flash90)

Israel has instructed local authorities in the Golan Heights to “unlock and ready (bomb) shelters,” after identifying what the military described as “irregular activity of Iranian forces in Syria” on Tuesday night.

The military statement further said that its defense systems had been deployed, “and IDF troops are on high alert for an attack.”

In an unusual move, the IDF released a video on Tuesday that showed soldiers assembling Iron Dome, Patriot, and Arrow missile defense systems. The military does not generally reveal such deployments, and it was perceived as an effort to calm northern residents who have been made jittery by predictions of an Iranian attack.

Meanwhile, the U. S. Embassy in Tel Aviv issued a security alert, saying, “Due to the recent tensions in the region, until further notice, U.S. government employees are required to obtain advance approval if they wish to travel to the Golan Heights.”