Syria Alleges Israeli Strike Near Golan Heights Border

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UNDOF forces observe Syria’s Quneitra province at an observation point on Mt. Bental in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, overlooking the border with Syria. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)

Syrian state media on Monday alleged that Israel attacked regime forces in southern Syria, near the Golan Heights border.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Israeli warplanes targeted missile batteries on the outskirts of the city of al-Ba’ath and the village of al-Krum, in the Quneitra Governorate in southwestern Syria.

No injuries were reported but the area sustained damage, Syrian media said.

There was no comment from the Israeli military on the report. The IDF rarely comments on Arab media reports of its alleged activity north of the border.

Monday’s report was the first Israeli strike attributed to Israel in Syria since Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Russian President Vladimir Putin met last week.

Russia became militarily involved in the Syrian civil war in 2015, seeking to stabilize the regime of President Bashar Assad. Russia and Israel subsequently set up a deconfliction channel to avoid military mishaps, and the Kremlin has pledged understanding for Israel’s major concerns over Iranian entrenchment.

Israel insists that its operational leeway in the area be maintained, especially as Iran tries to tighten its grip on Syria. In line with Israel’s determination that it will not allow any Iranian presence near its northern border, the IDF has so far targeted hundreds of Iranian assets in Syria.

During their meeting in Sochi on Friday, Putin and Bennett agreed that the two nations would continue to maintain their deconfliction mechanism with regard to Syria.