Syria says Israel strike kills civilians

Lucy Bush
June 25, 2017

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit says spillover fire from Syria occurred Saturday afternoon in the northern Golan Heights. In most cases, Israel has claimed to be targeting arms convoys or warehouses belonging to Hizbollah, a key supporter of the Syrian regime.

Syria's state news agency, quoting a Syrian army communique, alleged that the Israeli strikes coincided with an attack by militants in the area and suggested that Israel was aiding the Islamist forces, according to Reuters news agency. The Syrian army said it seemed the two attacks were coordinated and that the attack by Israeli military helicopters supported the Nusra Front's assault on a Quneitra suburb.

Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel believes the Assad regime is "accountable for what is happening on the ground and will continue to suffer the consequences".

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The IDF described the projectile fire as "errant", blaming it on internal fighting.

Israel has steadfastly stayed on the sidelines of Syria's civil war, now in its seventh year, refraining from taking sides or getting drawn into hostilities.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres of the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and later annexed it.

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Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the worldwide community.

The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media said Syrian troops and their allies repelled an attack by insurgents on the outskirts of the southern city of Baath on the edge of the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

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