Israeli air strikes hit Syria’s Golan city

Three air strikes hit southwestern Israeli-Syrian border city of Golan, monitoring group says

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Golan Heights

Syrian activists and a NGO that monitors war in Syria said on Monday, at least three airstrikes hit Syrian border city of Golan. Syrian activists in the southern Syria affirmed the attacks.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Monday that the strikes targeted the Syrian army on Golan Heights, but there is no immediate reports of casualties.  

“The raids struck near the frontier with the Israeli-occupied part of the strategic plateau. There were no immediate reports of casualties,” the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Since the eruption of the Syrian conflict in 2011, the Golan Heights have been tense, especially following the rebels' capturing parts of southern Syria.

In January 2015, a Spanish UN peacekeeper was killed on the Israel-Lebanon border during an exchange of fire between Israeli troops and Hezbollah fighters.

Around 1,200sq km of the Golan Heights were seized by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967. Later Israel had annexed the territory in 1981 after having occupied it for 14 years, but the international community refuses to recognize the annexation.

Southern of Syria is a hot area since it is in a place where several warring forces gather, Israel, Syrian regime backed by Hezbollah fighters, Syrian rebels, and the Druze minority. United Nations Disengagement Observer Force 

In 1974, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), UN mission - with about 800 soldiers from Fiji, India, Ireland, Nepal, and the Netherlands - was established to monitors a cease fire line on the Golan that has separated Israelis from Syrians since the war of 6 October, 1973.

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