Israel Sees 'Benefits' in Assad Gains, Lieberman Says

Israel Sees 'Benefits' in Assad Gains, Lieberman Says

Israel Sees 'Benefits' in Assad Gains, Lieberman Says

In a separate development, according to media reports, Russian Federation is planning to deploy military police on the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel and set up eight observation posts.

Israel's military on Thursday said its aircraft targeted and killed seven militants who had entered the Israeli-held Golan Heights from Syria, where Syrian government forces are snuffing out the final remnants of a years-long armed rebellion.

"They were in battle formation and it's our assessment they were on their way to carry out an attack on Israeli targets", said Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricos, an IDF spokesman. Their potential target was unclear, he said, but there are "Israeli communities within hundreds of meters of the fence".

Meanwhile, SANA photographers escorted the combing operations of the army and the engineering units in the villages and towns liberated during the last two days in Al Yarmouk Basin. The group's fortunes have diminished in both Syria and Iraq, where the Islamist militants previously declared a "caliphate" in 2014.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan had warned Iran at the time that Israel was "not bluffing".

The Russian military official said that United Nations mission staff members were unable to work at their bases during the armed conflict on the Syrian territory, which was controlled by militants.

The most recent high-profile incident took place in July, when Israel fired interceptor missiles at a Syrian Sukhoi warplane after it reportedly entered Israeli-controlled airspace. Russian Federation on Wednesday said that Iran had withdrawn its heavy weaponry to about 50 miles from the border, a measure Israeli officials said was inadequate.

Sergei Rudskoi, a senior Russian Defense Ministry official, said that Russian military police had on Thursday begun patrolling in the Golan Heights and planned to set up eight observation posts in the area. The Israeli military would not comment on that development.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the situation on the Syrian side of the boundary had returned to its pre-2011 state after Syrian government forces, supported by Russia's military, regained control of the region from armed opposition that controlled since 2014.

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