IDF Bolsters Troop Levels in Golan Heights

Saul Bowman
November 6, 2017

The army also said that one resident of Majdal Shams, the Druze town located adjacent to the border on the Israeli side, was was injured by stray fire from the fighting in Syria. Manelis did not specify any actions that could be taken by Israel, but denied any claims that Israel is involved in the fighting in Golan Heights, or is assisting jihadists there.

Hader is a majority-Druze village and has been attacked in the past.

According to Syrian state media, rockets and gunfire followed the bombing in Hader, close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

"In the aftermath of the terrorist attack, terrorist groups carried out a heavy attack on Hader, and army units and the Popular Defence units [pro-government militias] clashed with the attackers", Sans said.

The demonstrators accused Israel of backing the al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board), during its assault on the government-held town of Hader in Quneitra province, press tv reported.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it, a move never recognised by the worldwide community.

In a statement, the Israeli military IDF said it "is prepared and ready to assist the residents of the village and prevent damage to or the capture of the village Hader out of commitment to the Druze population".

The IDF said they forced some ten villagers to return to Israel after they made it into the no-mans-land that separates Israel from Syria.

SANA, the official Syrian news agency, said the incident involved a Jabhat al-Nusra suicide bomber who detonated a auto bomb near houses on the outskirts of Hader, leaving nine people dead and 23 injured.

The Jewish state has provided thousands of injured Syrians with medical care in Israel since the civil war began, saying it does not discriminate among the injured who come to its border asking for help.

The Syrian border with Israel. Such "red lines" include the violation of Israeli sovereignty through deliberate or accidental attacks, Iranian-backed militias taking positions on the Golan border, and attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah. In a statement, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that "we are constantly watching our borders, both north and south, in order to ensure security".

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