Israel 'thwarts IS attack' on Golan Heights

UN peacekeepers return after 4 years to Israel-occupied Golan Heights near Syria

Following the May 10 attack, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that the IDF had destroyed "almost all of Iran's military infrastructure sites in Syria".

The move comes as Russian Federation continues to become more involved in Middle Eastern affairs after its military backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

At the same time, Israeli authorities described the Syrian civil war as effectively over on Thursday and predicted that the Golan Heights frontier between the countries would be quieter with central rule by Damascus restored. The peacekeeping mission was halted in 2014 amid the violence in Syrian's civil war over security concerns. "I think this is also in Assad's interest", Reuters reported.

Shortly after the remarks, Israel's military said it had carried out an air strike on the Golan on Wednesday night, killing seven insurgents that it believed were from a Syrian wing of Islamic State and en route to attack an Israeli target.

IDF troops found assault rifles, explosives belts and grenades as well as the seven terrorists' remains.

Israeli forces monitored the militants' movements before carrying out the strike, Conricus said. But Conricus amended that, saying that the location was within Israeli lines.

The Syrian government studies nowadays to reopen the worldwide highway with Jordan that was closed since the beginning of the Syrian war.

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.

The deployment of the Russian military police highlights the degree to which the Kremlin has become an influential actor in Middle East conflicts since its military intervention in Syria which turned the tide of the war in Assad's favor.

"As the situation stabilizes, these posts will be handed over to Syrian government forces", Rudskoy told reporters.

Israel said the group was around 200m (656ft) from an Israeli fence in the zone, delineated by Israel and Syria in 1974.

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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