Foreign - backed militants in Syria have captured an unmanned post of the Israeli army in south Golan Heights by crossing the disengagement line between Syria and Israel.
Two armed militants reportedly crossed into the Israeli occupied area of Tel Faris and captured an empty post on Tuesday. Israeli forces patrolling the area detected militants which led to an exchange of fire between them. The militants, however, fled the area before enforcement troops arrived at the scene. The clash did not have any casualties. Earlier on Tuesday, mortar shells fired from inside Syria hit northern parts of the Golan Heights “without causing any casualties,” an Israeli army spokeswoman said. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967, when it also took control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. It annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, although the move was never recognized by the international community and was considered a violation of international law. Meanwhile, the Tel Aviv regime has recently increased its military activities in the occupied Syrian territory. On June 6, Takfiri militants in Syria briefly took over the Quneitra crossing between Syria and the Golan Heights. However, the Syrian army later moved in and retook the area. The incident prompted Austria to announce it would withdraw from a UN observer force deployed to the heights. Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 90,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced in the violence. Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. The regime of Israel, along with the West and its other regional allies, are partners in supporting over two years of deadly militancy in Syria.