IDF ambulance carrying Syrian fighters attacked by Druze

Druze villagers attack Israeli ambulance carrying two Syrian fighters in Golan Heights, killing one and critically injuring other

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

A group of people attacked on Monday an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) ambulance passing through a Druze village in Golan Heights and killed one of the two Syrian fighters being carried to Israeli hospitals for treatment.

Israeli media including Haaretz and Jerusalem Post report the Druze villagers attacked the ambulance with rocks and stopped it. They extracted the two fighters inside and beat them, killing one and critically injuring the other.

Two Israeli soldiers were also wounded in the attack and many police and military forces were sent to the village afterwards.

It is the second attack on an IDF ambulance believed to be carrying injured fighters as another ambulance was also stopped in Druze town of Hurfeish.

The attacks came shortly after spread of claims that Israel was treating Syrian opposition fighters including Al Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front members.

“In the past two years Israeli Defense Forces have been engaged in humanitarian, life-saving aid to wounded Syrians, irrespective of their identity,” IDF said in a statement following the claims.

Following a dispute between the locals, the Nusra Front fighters have killed 20 members from the Druze community in Qalb Lawzah village of Syria's northwest Idlib province earlier in June.

"This village and its people are still safe under our protection and in areas under our control. Everyone who was involved in this incident will be referred to an Islamic court and will be held accountable," Nusra Front officials said following the incident.

Druze are ethnic minority mostly living in Syria, Israel and Lebanon and have stayed loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad in Syrian civil war.

TRTWorld and agencies