Israeli Druze citizens who had gathered near the border with Syria broke through the fence with the intention of joining the fighting in the Syrian Druze village of Khader.

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Dozens of Israeli Druze citizens on Friday broke through the border fence separating Israel from Syria in order to join the ongoing battle in Khader, a Syrian Druze village located about 3 km away from the border. IDF forces brought them back into Israel.

Nine people were killed and 23 injured in Khader after a car exploded Friday morning. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said the Israeli army is prepared to intervene in the Syrian war in order to prevent the takeover of the village by Assad’s forces.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated from London that Israel will continue to “guard our borders and to cherish our sympathy toward our Druze brothers.”