Israel has been tightening security along her border with Lebanon. The strengthening of forces has?
GV Troops placing covers over guns to provide shade from sun
GV Guns and armoured vehicles (3 shots)
GV PAN Armoured vehicles along road
GV PAN Border camp
Sunday (9 July) was the fourth day of a fragile cease-fire between Syrian troops and right-wing Christian militia's in Beirut. The BBC quoted Syrian Information Minister Ahmed Iskander as saying that Israeli intervention in Beirut would mean war between Israel and Syria and that Syrian forces were on the alert. A well-informed local news digest has quoted East European sources as saying Moscow has assured Damascus that the Soviet Union World would take action if Israel attacked the Syrian.
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Background: Israel has been tightening security along her border with Lebanon. The strengthening of forces has occurred to counter possible Palestinian guerrilla activity during the fighting between the Syrians and Christians in Beirut. On Tuesday (6 July) Israel warned the Syrians that it would not allow a massacre of Christian civilian in Lebanon and to dramatise the message, sent warplanes to fly low over the rooftops of Beirut.
SYNOPSIS: The built-up has taken place all along the northern border with Lebanon. The troops are working in temperatures of more than 35 degrees Centigrade (95 degrees Fahrenheit).
Military sources said Israel wanted to be ready for any possible attack from Palestinians infiltrating through United Nations line in southern Lebanon. They anticipated that Palestinian guerrillas might be emboldened at the Syrian onslaught in the north and stage some attack in the frontier region. Israeli settlers reported considerable tension in the area.
Israeli leaders have expressed hope that the presence of the troops on the border and sending their planes low over Beirut might lead to a lull in the fighting. They have issued a strong series of warnings to Syria.
Meanwhile the Israeli troops at the border camp purse recreational activities in the blazing HEAT.
When the Israelis pulled out of Lebanon last month (13 June) they left most of the border areas in the hands of Christian groups which they have long regarded as an important counter-balance to Syrian, Palestinian and Moslem left-wing forces. No Israeli office wanted to predict what steps Israel might take if the Syrian bombardment of Christian position continued.
As the troops wait for directions from Tel Aviv, Israeli officials admitted that there was no eagerness among government ministers to engage in a military clash with Syria at a time when Middle East peace efforts were in a delicate state. The Israeli fear is that the crushing of Christian forces in Beirut would give Syria unchallenged domination over Lebanon, which would then have to be regarded, as a confrontation state. The Israelis have called their actions along the border "??? warning".