An Israeli air strike reportedly killed four Islamists yesterday (26.4.15), as according to Israeli military sources, they placed an explosive device on a fence near Israel’s frontier with Syria in the Golan Heights.
The Military sources said on condition of anonymity that “Four terrorists placed an explosive on a fence near Majdel Shams and an Israeli aircraft shot and killed them.”
The Israeli military spokesman issued a statement saying the air force had thwarted an attack at the Israeli-Syrian border, saying it “targeted the squad, preventing the attack.”
According to Sky News Arabia, Hezbollah operatives were the ones who placed the bomb last night in the northern Golan Heights.
The incident is believed to be in response to reports by Al-Jazeera and opposition organizations in Syria who claim that the Israeli Air Force staged a strike last night (26.4.15) in Syrian territory, for the third time in the past few days.
According to the Al-Jazeera report, rocket launchers belonging to Hezbollah and to Assad’s army were attacked in the area of the Qalamoun Mountains, on the Syrian-Lebanese border.
Other reports said that a Syrian army unit that operates Scud missiles was attacked.
A Lebanese website quoted a Hezbollah source this morning as saying that Israel attacked last weekend an artillery outpost and medium-range missiles in the Qalamoun Mountains, which serve for fighting against the Al-Qaeda linked Jabhat al-Nusra organization.
Tensions have risen in the Golan Heights amid the bloody-civil war raging in Syria in the past four years, in which the United Nations said more than 200,000 people have lost their lives.
Israel is concerned about the role of Islamists seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, as well as Assad’s increasingly strong Lebanese militia ally, Hezbollah, which is backed by Israel’s arch-enemy, the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon reiterated last night that Israel would not permit shipments of high-quality arms to terror organizations, first and foremost Hezbollah, and would know how to reach these arms and those who sent them at any time and place.
Ya’alon said that Iran sought to equip Hezbollah with advanced and accurate arms, and was continuing to do so at present, by every possible means and by every possible route.