Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Israeli Airstrike Kills Armed Islamic State Operatives On Border With Syria

Israeli Airstrike Kills Armed Islamic State Operatives On Border With Syria

Israeli army spokesman Ronen Manelis said the militants came as close to 200 metres to the Israel-Syria border, before they were targetd by Israeli forces. Jonathan Conricus, said in a telephone briefing with reporters that he could not immediately comment on the deployment on the Syrian side of the border.

Still, in related violence, Israel's military said Thursday that its aircraft fired on "several armed terror operatives in the southern Syrian Golan Heights" overnight and that troops were on high alert.

Russian Federation announced Thursday that it would deploy military police and place monitoring posts on the Golan Heights to prevent further confrontations.

Most of the Golan Heights have been occupied by Israel since the 1967 war.

The group was fleeing fighting against the Assad regime, the IDF noted, adding that it found five firearms and belts containing explosive devices.

A series of blistering offensives backed by Moscow and Tehran has forced the rebels out of many of their strongholds, putting Assad's government back in control of almost two-thirds of the country.

Since September 2015, Russia has been supporting the Syrian army with its combat aviation in the fight against terrorist groups, while the Russian Reconciliation Center organizes truce and amnesty processes, as well as demine Syrian cities.

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Russia will now deploy "eight military police observation posts" in the region, Russian army general Sergei Rudskoy said on Thursday.

A Jordanian army source said the militants who fled from the border were then chased by the Syrian army conducting operations in the area to drive them out of their last hideouts.

The Syrian conflict erupted in 2011 and Russian intervention in 2015 helped to turn the tide in Assad's favour. "Once the situation has been stabilized, these posts will be handed over to personnel from the Syrian government forces".

Israel sees Iran, and Iran's allies in the Hezbollah Shi'ite military, as a direct threat to its national security.

Lieberman reiterated Israel's demand that Iran not set up military bases against it in Syria, nor that Syria be used to smuggle arms to Hezbollah guerrillas in neighbouring Lebanon.

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