Israel shelled Hezbollah targets in Syria near the Golan Heights

Smoke rises after an attack on the Golan Heights (EFE/file) (ATEF SAFADI/)

The israeli forces attacked this Monday with artillery a position of a militia allied with the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah in the province of Quneitrain southern Syria and bordering the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

About twenty projectiles fell in the area of ​​Qors al Nafl, a town on the outskirts of Quneitra, where members of the Syrian Resistance to Liberate the Golan, an armed formation “close” to Hezbollah, Israel’s arch-enemy, according to a statement from the NGO, based in the United Kingdom and with a wide network of collaborators on the ground. No casualties were reported.

The group, linked to Hezbollah and backed by Iran, was set up to launch attacks on Israeli-controlled territory.

Syrian state media did not report the shelling, but two local media outlets close to the government reported an “Israeli aggression” against the outskirts of Quneitra.

The Observatory assured that The troops of the neighboring country had already carried out another action with artillery a little less than a week ago against points in the hands of groups “supported by Iran”. in the same administrative demarcation.

Quneitra is in the hands of the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and is a particularly sensitive province for Israel as it borders the disputed and strategic Golan Heights, under Israeli control since 1967.

Tension rose in the region two weeks ago, when several rockets were launched from Quneitra towards Israel in the midst of an outbreak of violence between Israelis and Palestinians on the other side of the divide, although not all of them made it to their goal.

Israel responded to the rocket fire, the first since 2019, with artillery and shelling against various points in the Arab nation.

This 1,200 square kilometer region – patrolled by Israeli soldiers and bordering Lebanon – was seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War. Israel later annexed it.

During more than a decade of civil war in Syria, Israel has launched air strikes into that country, targeting Iranian-backed forces and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, as well as Syrian army positions.

It regained control of the southern part of Quneitra in mid-2018, five years after an invasion by rebel fighters.

In recent months, Israeli forces have intensified their attacks against targets of Iranian and Lebanese armed groups in Syria, allied with Damascus and whose presence in the neighborhood it considers a threat to its security.

Its deployment in Quneitra, in particular, is considered a red line for Israel.

(With information from EFE and AFP)

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