Renewed fighting erupts on Golan Heights
Smoke billows from the Syrian village of Quneitra following an explosion during fighting, between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels, near the Quneitra border crossing on August 31, 2014. [AFP]
Heavy fighting between Syrian army forces and rebels erupted on the Golan Heights on Monday but it was unclear if either of the two sides had gained an advantage to control a key frontier crossing.
A mortar shell fell inside Israel in Ein Zivan. No injuries or damages were reported.
It was not immediately clear who dispatched the unmanned aircraft or the nature of its mission in an area where fighting from Syria's civil war has occasionally spilled over into Israeli-held territory.
A contingent of 44 UN peacekeepers from Fiji was detained on the Syrian side of the Golan by Islamist militants on Thursday, and the head of the Fijian army said on Sunday negotiations for their release were being pursued.
More than 70 Philippine troops trapped by Islamists in a different area on the Syrian side of the frontier were extracted to safety, the United Nations and authorities in Manila said.
Israel has beefed up defenses in the area after the outbreak of the Syrian civil war more than three years ago.
Persistent small arms fire and explosions from mortar shells and other munitions could be heard on the Israeli-controlled side of the frontier of the strategic plateau, the photographer reported.