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Israeli helicopter shells vicinity of Al Quneira city near Golan Heights

January 18, 2015, 20:14 UTC+3 BEIRUT
According to Al Mayadeen, fire was opened at a ground-based target, presumably army positions
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BEIRUT, January 18. /TASS/. An Israeli helicopter fired two rockets at the settlement of Mazraat al-Amal located in the vicinity of the city of Al Quneitra province, near the border with Israel, the Al Mayadeen television channel said on Sunday.

According to Al Mayadeen, fire was opened at a ground-based target, presumably army positions. Earlier, two Israeli reconnaissance plane violated Syria’s air space to fly over areas adjacent to the Golan.

Clashes between the governmental forces and armed opposition groups have been reported from the Quneitra province since September 2014. Opposition gunmen seized a larger part of the demilitarized zone along the disengagement line between the Syria and Israeli troops and are threatening Damascus.

Syria’s Golan Heights were seized by Israel in the Arab-Israeli war in 1967 and annexed by Israel’s Knesset /parliament/ in 1981.

The city of Al-Quneira, the site of fierce fighting, is located 40 kilometres away from the Syrian government.

On September 23, 2014, the Israeli newspaper Maariv said that the Israeli air defence had shot down a Syrian MiG-21 fighter over the Golan Heights. Damascus refrained from comments.

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