Fearing a war in Syria, Israeli Defense Forces hold surprise drills. According to the Jerusalem Post, Fearing a future war with Syria, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz held a surprise drill inspection of two key military bases in the North to ensure that they will be able to continue operating in the event of significant missile attacks. Commanders at the bases - one a critical ammunition depot and the other a key maintenance base for IDF armored vehicles - were surprised when Gantz and other senior officers arrived at the gates of their bases to review operations there. A senior IDF officer who participated in the inspections said that they were aimed at ensuring the military's readiness for a wide range of scenarios including a possible war with Syria.
Christians in Syria struggle amid violent clashes. According to Persecution.org, Christians in Syria are in a difficult spot because if they support the protestors, they could be targeted by Assad's government forces, and if they support Assad, and his regime falls, they could be retaliated against by a new Islamist regime. Reports say that the regime is still providing protection to the Christian communities in almost all places where the regime is still controlling the ground. But problems occurred especially in Homs after the protestors and the Islamic groups had controlled a part of the city where around 200 Christians were killed.
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