Israeli Hit by Syrian Gunfire; IDF Prepares to Enter Bloody Civil War

Casey Dawson
November 6, 2017

He also maintained that the claims of Israeli involvement and assistance to global jihad elements in the fighting on the Golan Heights are groundless.

The village of Hader is populated by members of the Druze, a minority religious sect present in Syria, Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Lebanon.

The auto bomb hit the outskirts of the village of Hader, which lies near the disengagement line that divides the Syrian-controlled part of the Golan from the area occupied by Israel, the regime's SANA news agency stated.

Local Syrian sources described the attack as the biggest yet in the area, saying the terrorists used new routes in their assault which were reportedly opened by the Israeli army.

The Nusra Front past year changed its name to the Fateh al-Sham Front and stated it had cut ties with al-Qaeda, though most analysts believe the two organizations are still linked.

A vehicle bomb killed at least nine people and injured 23 in the town, which is approximately three kilometres from the border of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The IDF statement was issued in the wake of heavy fighting in Khader on Friday morning.

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"The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) is prepared and ready to assist the residents of the village and prevent damage to or the capture of the village Hader out of commitment to the Druze population", the military said in a statement.

Israel is widely believed to be harboring and supporting anti-Syrian government militants who have been wreaking havoc along Syria's Southwestern border regions.

The retraction, the statement added, came "under pressure from Druze reactions in Israel" to "the suspicious relationship between the regime in Tel Aviv" with al-Qaeda and al-Nusra.

In June, Syrian military sources said Israel's airstrikes on the Golan Heights coincided with a push by Al-Nusra terrorists against army positions, which was aborted.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated from London that Israel will continue to "guard our borders and to cherish our sympathy toward our Druze brothers".

But the Jewish state has been careful to avoid actually being pulled into the conflagration. They were assisted by units of the Syrian army.

The PA ministry's statement accused Israel of supplying al-Nusra with weapons, salaries, medical aid and intelligence in exchange for keeping Israel's northern border with Syria safe.

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