Israel's military said Thursday it killed seven suspected Islamic State-affiliated militants in territory it controls near the border with Syria, reflecting the risk of spillover as the Assad regime presses a military campaign to retake the country's southwest.
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.
The incident took place on the southern Golan Heights, near the triangle of Syria, Jordan and Israel borders. Both Damascus and Moscow said the Syrian army managed to shoot down over half of the missiles.
Seven Islamic State terrorists were killed in an Israeli attack overnight Wednesday in Syria's Golan Heights.
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"In Syria, as far as we are concerned, the situation is returning to the previous one before the civil war, meaning there is a clear address, there is responsibility and there is a central government", Lieberman told journalists while visiting Israeli air defences.
Russian military police also started patrolling the Golan Heights with United Nations peacekeepers, news agencies quoted Russia's Defense Ministry saying Thursday. They were carrying explosives and five were armed with AK47 assault rifles.
ISIL fighters have been staging attacks in southwestern Syria, as they face an offensive by troops loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman visits Gaza's Kerem Shalom crossing, the strip's main commercial border terminal, July 22, 2018. "I think this is also in Assad's interest", Reuters reported.
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He said the Russian presence there was temporary, and that the observation posts would be handed over to Syrian government forces once the situation stabilized.
The Syrian civil war erupted in 2011 and Russian intervention in 2015 helped to turn the tide in Assad's favor.
The terrorists were some 700 feet into the demilitarized zone at the time of the strike, Conricus said, clarifying that the gunmen had not reached the heavily fortified security fence on the Israeli side of the buffer zone.
But he said, that is provided that Syria fulfill strict observance of a 1974 armistice agreement, not allowing Iran to use Syria as a front against Israel, and not allowing Syria to be used as a transit point for advanced arms deliveries to Hezbollah.
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