The Israeli military says it will go into Syria in order to protect the Druze village of Hader, located on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, after a car bomb left nine people dead and 23 others injured.
The terrorist attack was carried out by the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, which was formerly known as al-Nusra Front.
“In recent hours, we witness the intensifying of the fighting at the area of the Druze village of Hader in the Syrian part of the Golan Heights,” Ronen Manelis, an Israeli military spokesperson, said in a statement on Friday.
“The IDF is prepared and ready to assist the residents of the village and prevent damage to or the capture of the village Hader out of commitment to the Druze population,” he added.
The spokesman did not specify what the Israeli military will do, but denied that Israeli is involved in clashes in Golan Heights or that it is assisting militants there.
Israel has occupied two-thirds of Syria’s Golan Heights since a war broke out in 1967.
The Hader Village, which is now under Damascus’ control, is aligned with the Syrian government, which casts doubt over Israel’s real motives in attacking the area.
Israel has on several occasions targeted areas inside Syria, claiming that it strikes convoys heading for the fighters of the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah.