Complicated situation unfolded in the Golan Heights in May 2013. President Vladimir Putin said that Russia was ready to deploy its troops there to the to replace Austrian peacekeepers as part of a UN monitoring mission on the border between Israeli troops and the Syrian army. Austria said it would withdraw its forces citing an “unacceptable level of danger to its personnel.”
The Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah is preparing for a possible future conflict with Israel, local media reported.
Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the disputed Golan Heights would remain part of the Jewish state. He added that Israel was doing everything possible so that modern weapons coming from Syria did not fall into the hands of Hezbollah.
An apparent discovery of huge volumes of oil in the disputed Golan Heights brings the stakes of the Russian involvement in Syria to a new geopolitical dimension, F. William Engdahl stresses.
Hezbollah could have used Kornet anti-tank missiles in its assault on an Israeli military convoy on the Golan Heights, the IDF spokesperson said. The fire-fight claimed the lives of two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper.
Hezbollah informed Tel Aviv that it wants to avoid further outbreaks of violence, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said. Recently, Israel and Hezbollah exchanged strikes on the Golan Heights which resulted in the deaths of two Israeli soldiers and a UN peacekeeper.
The UN peacekeeping mission in the Golan Heights reported Monday it observed two unmanned aerial vehicles, flying from the Israeli-occupied Alpha side toward the UN peacekeeping position before an aerial attack on Sunday.
According to the Hamas spokesperson, the Israeli Sunday airstrike against Hezbollah in the Syrian sector of the Golan Heights was aimed at demonstrating the efficacy of Israeli special services.
Tehran condemned the Israeli Sunday's airstrike that killed a group of Hezbollah members, including the son of a late military commander, in the town of Mazraat al-Amal in the Syrian Quneitra region.
Israel may be facing Hezbollah's unexpected and painful response to its recent airstrikes, sources close to the paramilitary group claim.
A Middle East analyst commented on the recent airstrikes on Hezbollah militant group in Syria, saying that Hezbollah was planning a wave of violence against the Jewish state.
Israeli army refused to comment on the reports of Tel-Aviv’s participation in the airstrikes on Lebanese Hezbollah militant group in Syria, saying that they never comment on western media reports of such kind.
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.
Israeli airstrikes damaged buildings at the airport and in Damascus suburbs, but there were no casualities so far reported.
Israel's air defense forces have downed a Syrian plane that violated the country’s airspace, a spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces said Tuesday.
Israeli military have shot down a drone that flew into Israeli-controlled airspace near the Quneitra border crossing between the Golan Heights and Syria, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said Sunday.
A group of militants, presumably of a Syrian origin, has captured more than 40 people in the disputed Golan Heights region, Israel’s Ynet news website said Thursday.
United Nations peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights reported on Sunday that a mortar shell from Syria had fallen into an open expanse in the area’s north, causing no damage, an Israeli army official told RIA Novosti.
Israel is ready to discuss the possible deployment of Russian peacekeepers to the disputed Golan Heights region between Syria and Israel, the Israeli ambassador to Russia said Tuesday.