July 17, 2018 / 9:41 AM / a month ago

Syrians who approached Israeli Golan frontier walk back toward refugee encampments

GOLAN HEIGHTS (Reuters) - Dozens of Syrians who approached Israel’s frontier fence on the Golan Heights on Tuesday in an apparent attempt to seek help or sanctuary, began walking back toward nearby refugee encampments after being warned off by the Israeli military.

People walk towards the border fence between Israel and Syria from its Syrian side as seen from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, July 17. Tens of thousands of Syrians have arrived near the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in the past month, fleeing a rapidly advancing offensive which has defeated rebels across a swathe of territory near Jordan and Israel. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

“Go back before something bad happens. If you want us to be able to help you, go back,” an Israeli officer on the Israeli side of the frontier told the crowd in Arabic through a megaphone. “Get a move on.”

Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Jeffrey Heller

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