The threat of war along Israel's northern border with Syria eased slightly today (17 November).?
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Background: The threat of war along Israel's northern border with Syria eased slightly today (17 November). But Israeli forces maintained the high state of elect which the Israeli government announced the previous day -- "precautionary measures" because of concern about Syrian intentions.
Defence Minister Shimon Pered has blamed the security alert on threat by Syria that it might not agree to extending the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping force on the Golan Heights. The mandate is due for renewal on 30 November.
The partial mobilisation of Israeli forces was accompanied by a security clampdown on newsman in the Golan Heights. Film from the area was subject censorship.
SYNOPSIS: By Sunday night, the Israeli government said that tension had eased. But the state of alert continued. And there was trouble for Israeli forces in other areas, with Arab students demonstrating in occupied West Bank towns for the second day in succession.