Israel targets ‘Syrian position’ in Qunaitra in northern Golan Heights

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The Israeli army announced Friday that it had targeted a Syrian position in the northern Golan Heights, in retaliation for a mortar shell that landed in the buffer zone between the two countries, in what the military said was a violation of a 1974 ceasefire agreement.

In a statement, the Israeli army added that the mortar shell which fell east of the border fence was “part of the internal fighting between the regime and opposition factions in Syria.”

The Israeli army asserted that “It is not involved in the internal fighting in Syria. At the same time, it will continue to demand the implementation of the ceasefire agreements from 1974, including the preservation of the buffer zone,” the army said.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli army did not clarify whether the targeted position was of the Syrian regime or for the opposition factions.

Israel occupies 1,200 km of the Syrian Golan Heights during the 1967 war and it annexed it in 1981 in a move which did not get recognition by the international community.

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