Israel suspends its plans to deploy more troops in Syria amid escalating violence

Israel is suspending its plans for a deployment of troops in southern Syria amid mounting violence.

Israel’s military announced Friday that it was suspending plans to expand its presence in the border region, as fighting between the government of President Bashar Assad and rebel forces escalated.

Israel is currently conducting a military operation in the Golan Heights.

The Israeli military said the deployment would continue, but that it would not “advise” or “direct” the government’s military operations.

“The IDF will not advance, direct or advise any military activity in Syria against the sovereignty of other countries, nor will it be permitted to do so,” the statement said.

“Any further military activity by Israel will be considered a violation of the agreements and will not be allowed to proceed.”