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Last update - 13:49 13/08/2008
By Yuval Azoulay, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service
Syria's leadership fears that a drill conducted Tuesday by the Israel Defense Forces in the Golan Heights may develop into a military offensive against Damascus, the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Watan reported Wednesday.
Syrian sources told the daily that Damascus has taken several preventive measures against a possible Israeli strike. The sources added that the IDF drill in the north is increasing tensions in the region and is not in line with recent peace initiatives.
"The danger of these exercises is greater because they are being carried out near the cease-fire line bordering Syria," the sources were quoted as saying, "and because Defense Minister Ehud Barak and IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi supervised."