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Underlining the tensions, Israel killed seven militants in an overnight air strike on the Syrian-held part of the Golan Heights, Israeli radio said on Thursday.

At the same time, Israeli authorities described the Syrian civil war as effectively over on Thursday and predicted that the Golan Heights frontier between the countries would be quieter with central rule by Damascus restored.

Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy of the Russian General Staff said conditions have been created for the resumption of United Nations peacekeeping patrols along the area separating Syria and Israel.

On July 22 Hashem Safi al-Din, head of Hezbollah's Executive Council, said during a commemorative ceremony in Nabatieh, Lebanon to mark the anniversary of the Second Lebanon War that Hezbollah, which is an Iranian proxy army, had not left southern Syria and had participated in the battle against rebels in Daraa and Kuneitra which borders Israel.

An Israeli airstrike killed armed Islamic State operatives in the Syrian Golan Heights.


When the situation stabilizes, Rudskoy said, the Russian-manned posts would be handed over to Syrian government forces. The surrounding region has seen heavy fighting recently between pro-government forces and opposition rebels, with the latter surrendering much of the area to the Russian-backed government. Israel has also upped its strikes against suspected Iranian targets inside Syria.

Israeli jets also reportedly targeted Iranian military assets stationed in the Arab republic, killing Iranian military personnel south of Damascus and sparking outrage from Tehran.

That message was conveyed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Russian President Vladimir Putin when they met in Moscow last month, a senior Israeli official said. He said a preliminary assessment was that the infiltrators were Islamic State militants.

The terrorists had crossed into Israeli territory but had not yet breached the security fence, Conricus said, indicating the terrorists may have been on the way to attack Israel. Russian Federation on Wednesday said that Iran had withdrawn its heavy weaponry to about 50 miles from the border, a measure Israeli officials said was inadequate.

"When the Syrian forces with all their supporters are trying to capture the areas close to the borders we can expect more mistakes and more friction with us".


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