Syrian army seizes Israeli border crossing
Fighting raged on Thursday between Syrian regime forces and rebels along the Israeli border, as the rival camps battled to control the strategic crossing of Quneitra.
The army has now re-taken control of the Quneitra border crossing, according to the BBC. Tanks and armored vehicles were used in the operation, near the Israeli-held territory.
The United Nations peackeeping force in the areas has confirmed 'incidents' on Israel-Syria ceasefire line.
“Yes there was shooting,” Herve Ladsous told reporters during a visit to Paris, adding the UN would maintain its involvement in the nearby Golan Heights region, reported Reuters.
The development is likely to deepen Israel's concerns that the volatile area in the north along the Israel-Syria frontier could fall into the hands of radical Islamic factions fighting along with other insurgent groups in Syria against President Bashar Assad's forces, according to AP.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory had said it was the first time rebels seized a border crossing next to the Israeli occupied area.
Israel is worried that the Golan, which was taken back from Syria in 1967, will become a place where attacks on Israelis will be launched by jihadi fighters, who are taking part in the armed struggle against Assad.
In May, the Israeli military chief issued a stern warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying the Syrian leader would “bear the consequences” if any more attacks on Israeli forces near the Syrian border occurred.
The Golan Heights have been tense since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, which kicked off with peaceful protests at least two years ago.
However, there have been only minor flare-ups in the region to date, with Syrian shells crashing in the occupied Golan and Israel firing in retaliation.