- Title: Israel heightened security after Soleimani assassination
- Date: 3rd January 2020
- Summary: MAJDAL SHAMS, GOLAN HEIGHTS (JANUARY 03, 2020) (REUTERS) ISRAELI ARMY VEHICLES BLOCKING THE MAIN ROAD TOWARD MOUNT HERMON IN GOLAN HEIGHTS SOLDIERS STANDING NEAR CHECKPOINT ARMY VEHICLES IN THE GOLAN HEIGHTS SOLDIER INSIDE VEHICLE TALKING TO HIS COLLEAGUE AT CHECKPOINT VARIOUS OF ISRAELI ARMY SECURITY CHECKPOINT BLOCKING THE WAY TO MOUNT HERMON AFTER ISRAEL HEIGHTENED SECURITY LEVEL QUNEITRA, GOLAN HEIGHTS (JANUARY 03, 2020) (REUTERS) SYRIAN TOWNS AS SEEN FROM ISRAELI-OCCUPIED SIDE OF GOLAN HEIGHTS FENCE BETWEEN TWO SIDES OF GOLAN HEIGHTS / SYRIAN VILLAGE SEEN FROM ISRAELI-OCCUPIED SIDE FENCE THROUGH GOLAN HEIGHTS VARIOUS OF SYRIAN SETTLEMENTS WINDMILLS SEEN IN SYRIAN VILLAGE VIEW OF THE TWO SIDES OF GOLAN HEIGHTS
- Embargoed: 17th January 2020 10:30
- Keywords: Iran Iraq Israel blast top Iranian commander Soleimani
- Location: MAJDAL SHAMS AND QUNEITRA, GOLAN HEIGHTS
- Reuters ID: LVA001BUMBIH3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Israel tightened security on Friday (January 3) in the wake of the U.S. air strike that killed senior Iranian Quds Forces commander Qassem Soleimani.
Israel Army Radio said the military had gone on heightened alert amid fears that Iran could launch a strike through its regional allies, such as Tehran-backed Lebanese movement Hezbollah to the north, or through Palestinian militant group Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza.
Israeli military spokesman Avichay Adraee said on Twitter the Mount Hermon ski resort - which lies in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights close to the fortified frontier with Syria - had been closed "following an assessment of the situation."
"He added: "There are no further instructions to the residents of the Golan Heights area and routine activities continue as normal."
In August last year the military said it had foiled a Quds Force attack, administered by Soleimani, involving multiple drones from Syria. Israel also accused him of leading a Quds effort to establish a precision-guided missile programme for Hezbollah.
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