Report: Israeli Drone Strike Kills Syrian Soldier Near Border

By Hamodia Staff

An IDF tank in a military outpost overlooking Syrian villages near the Israeli border, on the southern Golan Heights. (Michael Giladi/Flash90)

YERUSHALAYIM – A Syrian soldier was killed in an alleged Israeli drone strike near the border on the Golan Heights, according to Syrian and Arab media reports Wednesday evening.

The pro-government Syrian newspaper Al-Watan, citing local sources, said 46-year-old Farid Fuad Mustafa was killed. The pro-Hezbollah network al-Mayadeen said that he  was serving in the Syrian Arab Army.

Later, the state-run SANA broadcaster said Mustafa was killed by a “guided missile” fired from an Israeli site in the Golan Heights.

Images circulated online showed Mustafa operating a truck-mounted machine gun.

The Israel Defense Forces decline to comment, in line with its longstanding policy of not officially acknowledging specific strikes in Syria, except for those conducted in retaliation for attacks against Israel.

Israel has repeatedly accused the Syrian military of actively assisting the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group in the area.

The IDF has dropped flyers along the border and through overt public appeals, warning against hostile activities near the border.

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