Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Israeli airforce targets militants in Syrian-held Golan Heights

UN peacekeepers return after 4 years to Israel-occupied Golan Heights near Syria Israel says Assad back in charge, Syrian front likely to be quieter
Andrew Cummings | 04 August, 2018, 09:55

The Israel Defense Forces said on Thursday it had targeted and killed seven "armed terror operatives" just 650 feet from the Israeli border on the Golan Heights.

In addition, the Russian military police will reportedly be deployed along the border between Syria and Israel to the Golan Heights, and eight Russian surveillance posts will be established to prevent an escalation, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Israel has vowed not to let Iran establish a military presence in Syria.

Tensions escalated in February this year, when Israel launched an air raid after intercepting what it claimed was an Iranian drone crossing into Israeli airspace.

Rudskoy said Russian military police have accompanied the peacekeepers on patrols, adding that eight Russian-manned observation points opposite the United Nations points will be set up "to rule out possible provocations".

Asked whether Israel should be less wary of possible flare-ups on the Golan - much of which it seized from Syria in a 1967 war and annexed in a move not recognised overseas - Lieberman said: "I believe so".

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North Korea developing new missiles: WP
Experts say positively identifying the decades-old remains could take anywhere from days to decades. Indeed, North Korea just dismantled a test launching site for liquid-fueled ICBMs days ago .

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In a Facebook post , the San Antonio Aquarium said an employee saw the man take the shark out of the water and alerted management. Authorities say a male snatched it from a petting tank Saturday afternoon before two others wrapped it in a wet blanket .

During their summit in Helsinki, Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump said they were exploring ways to protect Israel from the war in Syria.

He named them as a strict observance of a 1974 armistice with Syria, not allowing Iran to use Syria as a front against Israel and not allowing Syria to be used as a transit point for advanced arms deliveries to Hezbollah.

Seven IS militants were killed in an Israeli attack overnight Wednesday in Syria's Golan Heights.

An Israeli military spokesperson declined to comment on the SANA report. The army's announcement came shortly after Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman toured a Patriot missile defence battery in northern Israel during a military preparedness drill.

Assad told his troops on Wednesday they were close to victory after inflicting a succession of defeats on fighters.

A Jordanian army source said the militants who fled from the border were then chased by the Syrian army conducting operations in the area to drive them out of their last hideouts.

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