As the fighting raged in the Middle East, all was reported quite on the Syria-Lebanese border.
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Background: As the fighting raged in the Middle East, all was reported quite on the Syria-Lebanese border. Traffic allowed to a trickle but no restrictions were imposed and the boarder remained open.
Authorities at the Lebanese border checkpoint at Masnaa reported no incidents on Sunday (7th October) and no exceptional troop movements.
Further south, the sounds of the desperate battle between israeli and Syrian forces could be heard as they fought for the Israeli-occupied Golan heights.
At a press conference on Monday, the Israeli Chief of Staff, General David Elazer pledged to completely destroy the Egyptian and Syrian forces and made it clear that Israel had no scruples about crossing the 1967 ???fire lines, "We shall break their bones" the General said.
Syria and Egypt claimed on Monday (8th October) to have destroyed 159 enemy planes since the middle East war erupted on Saturday. According to the Institute of Strategic studies, Israel has an air force of 408 combat planes.
SYNOPSIS: As the fighting in the Middle East raged, all was reported quite on the Syrian-Lebanese border.
Activity at the border check-point of Masnaa on the Lebanese side was normal, although traffic had allowed to a trickle. No exceptional troop movement was evident.
Lebanon has so far not become involved in the war with Israel which erupted on Saturday.
Palestinian commandos are reported to have joined the battle - many from camps in Lebanon.
Although there are no sounds of battle at Masnaa, gunfire and shelling can be heard further south in the Israeli-occupied Golan heights.
Despite the fighting, traffic continued to move across the border even some tourists ventured into Syria.