Israeli troops with massive armoured support held a commanding position inside Syrian territory tonight (Saturday) as the Israeli-Syrian ceasefire deadline arrived.
Sign "Tiberias"; Smoke from shelling; workers on road; convoy of Israeli vehicles; troops wave from truck; traffic in Tel Aviv; people in street.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Israeli troops with massive armoured support held a commanding position inside Syrian territory tonight (Saturday) as the Israeli-Syrian ceasefire deadline arrived. They did so after driving back Syrians who had been bombing areas around the Israeli town of Tiberias on the border.
Before the ceasefire agreement today, the jubilant Israeli Army moved a long column of heavy armour and support vehicles northwards through the lush wheatfields and olive groves north of the Sea of Galilee. Smoke from areas shelled by the Syrians could be seen rising from the Israeli farmlands, and on either side of the road twisting through the hills huge areas had been blasted by Syrian gunfire.
Villagers cheered as the tanks moved by. In the Israeli capital Tel Aviv, life is already back to normal.