The IDF and Israel police announced Tuesday the creation of a closed military zone in the North-Eastern Golan Heights after a week of protests by Israel’s Druze community in the north, calling on the state to take action to protect family and friends in Syria facing the threat of massacre by Islamic State or al-Qaeda affiliated militants.

The movement of Israeli civilians who do not live in the area will be limited by the military and the IDF said that officials are closely following developments along the border.