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Israel, Nusra target Syria’s Golan simultaneously: Army source

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Terrorists prepare to fire mortar shells towards Syrian forces in Quneitra Province, bordering the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, June 24, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)

A Syrian military source says Israel's airstrikes on the Golan Heights on Saturday coincided with a push by Nusra Front terrorists against army positions, which was aborted.

The Syrian army and allied forces repelled a massive assault by the terrorists near al-Baath City in southern Quneitra Province and inflicted heavy losses on them, Syria’s official SANA news agency quoted the source as saying Saturday.

As a counter-terrorism operation got underway, an Israeli warplane conducted air raids on a parking lot and a residential building in the same area, killing civilians and causing material damage, the source added.

The Israeli army claimed its strikes had targeted Syria’s military installations in response to an alleged firing of 10 projectiles from the Arab country at the occupied territories.

It also released a video showing what it said were a Syrian machinegun position and two army tanks.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported fierce fighting between Syrian forces and militants in Quneitra, saying two soldiers were killed in the Israeli strikes.

Israel regularly hits positions held by the Syrian army in the Golan Heights, describing the attacks as retaliatory. Syria says the raids aim to help Takfiri militants fighting against government forces. 

On several occasions, the Syrian army has confiscated Israeli-made arms and military equipment from terrorists fighting the government forces. There are also reports that Israel has been providing medical treatment to the extremists wounded in Syria.

Earlier this week, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed concerns about a spike in contacts between Israeli armed forces and Syria militants in recent months, saying it could lead to escalation and cause harm to UN observers deployed to the Golan Heights.

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The Wall Street Journal recently said Israel has been providing Takfiri terrorists in Syria’s Golan Heights with a steady flow of funds and medical supplies.

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21 killed, 95 injured in Syria blasts

On Saturday, at least 10 people were killed and 30 others injured after a car bomb exploded in a market in the town of al-Dana in Syria’s Idlib Province.

An earlier explosion in the same town also left two people dead and 10 more wounded.

Mortar attack conducted by Daesh terrorists further claimed the lives of nine Syrians and hurt 45 others in Dayr al-Zawr Province.

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