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    US, Israeli Attacks Used to 'Boost Morale of Syrian Terrorists'

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    On Sunday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) allegedly struck the military base of the Damascus-backed National Defense Forces (NDF) in the Golan Heights, killing three Syrian fighters as a result.

    The NDF base was attacked on Sunday in the Naba al-Fawwar area of the Syrian province Quneitra in the Golan Heights, according to the Times of Israel.

    Syrian lawmaker Feisal Azuz told Sputnik Arabic that there is "connection" between Israel and armed groups in Quneitra and they are "coordinating actions."

    "The militants fire in the direction of Israel and Israel uses this as a pretext to strike in response," Azuz said.

    The lawmaker pointed out that tensions have been on the rise in southern Syria, along the border with Israel and Jordan.

    "Tensions are escalating in southern Syria. Jordan and Israel are taking preparatory actions at the Syrian border. We expect a new act of aggression involving Israel, which would be more serious than the US missile strike on the Syrian airbase in Homs," he warned.

    On Friday, Israeli combat planes delivered a missile strike on Syrian army positions in the Khan-Arnab area of Quneitra province, causing material damage, a Syrian military source told Sputnik. The IDF said that a total of three rockets launched from Syrian territory fell on the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights, causing no injuries.

    "What is happening now once again proves that there is direct military coordination between the United States, Israel and militant groups in the Syrian conflict. Such strikes against Syria are conducted to boost terrorists’ morale," the Syrian lawmaker said.

    On Friday, Syrian President Bashar Assad told Sputnik that Damascus has intelligence on Jordan planning to deploy troops in Syria in coordination with the US.

    "It's the United States which defines the plans, which defines the players, and which endorses everything regarding Syria coming from Jordan, and many of the terrorists have come from Jordan, and of course Turkey, since day one of the war in Syria," Assad said.

    The statement came following talks between US President Donald Trump and Jordanian King Abdullah II earlier in April. The two leaders held a bilateral meeting at the White House to discuss crucial Middle East issues, such as how to defeat the terrorist group Daesh (ISIS).

    Israel has occupied most of Quneitra province, which it refers to as the Golan Heights, since the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Most of the territory bordering the Israeli-occupied zone, which is protected by a UN ceasefire line, is held by Islamist groups including Daesh.

     

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