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Israel army 'preparing for Syria tension after UN bid'

Aug. 11, 2011 5:10 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 11, 2011 5:10 P.M.)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israel's army is readying for possible engagement with the Syrian military in September, should Palestinians in Syria storm the border after a UN vote on statehood, local media reported.

Israel's Haaretz daily said the army thinks it may be necessary to deal with Syrian military intervention in such a scenario, which it said could occur if Syria tried to deflect world attention from its crackdown on protests.

The Syrian army may send units to defend its residents in the event Israel's army opened fire, according to the army assessment. Until now, the assessment had been that President Bashar Assad wanted quiet, Haaretz said.

The army has also decided it will not use tanks in the West Bank if violence erupts because "there are no large terror cells in the field or weapons that require tanks to deal with them," a senior official told the daily.
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