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NGO: Rebels take Syria crossing with Israel-occupied Golan
Published Wednesday 27/08/2014 (updated) 30/08/2014 17:12
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Heights, next to the Israeli-Syrian border (AFP/File Jack Guez)
BEIRUT (AFP) -- Syrian rebels, including al-Qaeda's affiliate al-Nusra Front, seized control of the Syrian crossing with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, a monitoring group said.

"Al-Nusra Front and other rebel groups took the Quneitra crossing, and heavy fighting with the Syrian army is continuing in the surrounding area," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

He said at least 20 soldiers and four rebels were killed in the fighting for the crossing that began earlier on Wednesday.

The heavy fire strayed across the border into the Israeli-occupied portion of the Golan, where the army said an Israeli officer was moderately wounded.

Six mortar shells crashed into the occupied portion of the Golan within hours, the army said, adding that it returned fire.

"In response to the errant fire from the internal fighting in Syria, which hit Israel earlier today and injured an IDF officer, the IDF just targeted two Syrian army positions in the Syrian Golan Heights. Hits were confirmed," it said in a statement.

Israel, which is technically at war with Syria, seized 1,200 square kilometers of the Golan Heights during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.

Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, the plateau has been tense, with a growing number of projectiles, mostly stray, hitting the Israeli side, prompting occasional armed responses.

In June, an Israeli teenager was killed in a deliberate cross-border attack, which prompted Israeli warplanes to attack Syrian military headquarters and positions.

Last year, the Quneitra crossing briefly fell to rebel forces in June, before being recaptured by Syrian army troops.
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1 ) David / USA
27/08/2014 20:42
"Israeli-occupied Golan..." does your propaganda never stop? There was a war, Syria lost, to the victor go the spoils. That's the same philosophy Islam has been using for 1400 years. Can't the mighty Muslims take what they dish out?

2 ) Maureen / Australia
29/08/2014 23:49
If Zionists are not monitoring Maan News comments, I should be able to ask if it is the same Syrian Al Nusra and other rebel groups that Israel is supplying with weapons, ammunition and facilitating medical care for their (Syrian rebels) wounded in Israel?

3 ) Julie / USa
30/08/2014 23:23
The whole "militants" going after the Syrian government struck me as a western overthrow sort of like Afghanistan/Soviets/Northern Alliance/etc.....that came back to bit is in the a@@. There will undoubtedly be blowback for Israel if they are behind them.
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