Damascus Accuses Israel of Killing Former Member of Syrian Parliament

CAIRO (Reuters) -
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Fences on the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)

Syria accused Israeli forces on Saturday of shooting dead Medhat Al-Saleh, a former member of the Syrian Parliament who had spent 12 years in jail in Israel, state-run Al-Ekhbariya channel quoted the Cabinet as saying.

Syrian state news agency SANA said Al-Saleh “was martyred as the Israeli enemy targeted him with fire while returning home” on Saturday in Ain al-Tineh, a village inside Syria near the Israeli side of the Golan Heights.

The Syrian government denounced “this cowardly criminal act.”

An IDF spokesperson said the military does not comment on foreign reports.

The government said Saleh had spent 12 years in prison in Israel after being jailed in 1985 on charges of “resistance” to Israeli authorities. He later served in the Syrian Parliament.