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    Israeli troops patrol the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on January 18, 2015. An Israeli helicopter carried out a strike today against terrorists in the Syrian sector of the Golan Heights who were allegedly preparing an attack on Israel, an Israeli security source said.

    Hezbollah Members Allegedly Killed During Israel's Strike in Golan Heights

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    The actual target remains unknown, but the two missiles fired by an Israeli helicopter may have targeted armed vehicles stationed in the Syrian province of Quneitra.

    MOSCOW, January 18 (Sputnik) — On Sunday, an Israeli helicopter launched a ‘counterterrorism’ airstrike in the Syria-controlled sector of the Golan Heights due to an alleged threat of a terrorist attack against Israel, an Israeli security source told Agence France-Presse.

    The strike occurred near the province Quneitra, located a short distance from the ceasefire line between the Syrian part of the Golan Heights and the territory occupied by Israel, according to the news agency.

    The strike was initially reported by Lebanon’s Al-Manar television. "An Israeli helicopter fired two missiles on Amal Farms in Quneitra," the news channel reported.

    Israeli local television confirmed the attack later, Reuters reports.

    Syria-Israel conflict dates back to a series of Arab-Israeli military conflicts as result of which Israel established military control over a part of Syria’s Golan Heights in 1967.

    Over the last few years, Israel has hit Syria several times in order destroy weapons and military equipment, which, Israeli officials claimed, were designed for their old enemy – Hezbollah, an Islamist militant group located in the neighboring Lebanon.

    According to AFP, some Hezbollah members were killed during the strike. "A group of Hezbollah mujahedeen were martyred in a Zionist rocket attack in Quneitra, and their names will be revealed later," said a statement issued by Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV channel.

    An Israeli Air Force attack killed the Lebanese Hezbollah group commander's son, a Lebanese security source told The Daily Star.

    Jihad Mughniyeh, Imad Mughniyeh's son, was killed along with six other militants near the Syrian town of Quneitra, on the border Israel's Golan Heights.

    According to the publication, Hezbollah confirmed the death of "a number of mujahedeens" in a statement, adding that their names will be released later. The news outlet added that Hezbollah's field commander Mohammad Issa, known as Abu Issa, has also been killed in the strike.

    Hezbollah blamed Imad Mughniyeh's assassination in 2008 on Israel.

    Hezbollah is a Lebanon-based Shia militant group established in the 1980s. The group's primary goal was military opposition to the Israeli occupation of Lebanon. The organization has remained hostile toward Israel. The United States and several other countries have declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

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