Syria air defenses destroy 'hostile target' near Damascus

UN peacekeepers return after 4 years to Israel-occupied Golan Heights near Syria

Gen. Nitzan Nuriel, former head of the Counterterror Bureau at Israel's Prime Minister's office, said Israel should be on alert in the area because Syrian government troops "from now and a year from now, they will not be able to control those who are trying to attack the State of Israel from that border".

An Israeli military spokesperson declined to comment on the SANA report.

Israel says it will not allow Iran - Israel's arch-foe - to strengthen its military presence in Syria - something Israel considers a direct threat.

The U.N. peacekeeping forces first deployed along the frontier in 1974 following an agreement to separate Syrian and Israeli forces after Israel occupied the Golan Heights in the 1967 war.

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Israel has increasingly sought Russia's involvement in securing its frontier with Syria and in scaling back Iran's influence in the area.

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".

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told his troops on Wednesday they were close to victory after inflicting a succession of defeats on rebels.

Late Thursday, Syrian media reported that its defenses foiled a "hostile attack" west of the capital Damascus.

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Two days later another Russian diplomat contradicted Viktorov and claimed Iranian forces had pulled out to 85 kilometer from the Israeli border.

The Israeli military said it carried out an air strike on the Golan on Wednesday night, killing seven insurgents it believed were from the Khaled Bin Walid Army and en route to attack an Israeli target.

Since Israel started its operation "Good Neighbor" in 2013 the IDF delivered tons of food, medicines and other humanitarian aid goods in Syria and has provided medical treatment to thousands of Syrians including 600 children who came to Israeli hospital accompanied by their mothers.

Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Lieutenant General Sergei Rudskoi speaks during a news briefing, with a map showing the territory of Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria seen in the background, in Moscow, Russia August 2, 2018.

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