Syria denies Israeli airstrike in Golan Heights
Syria has dismissed reports of an Israeli airstrike on a town near the occupied Golan Heights, saying foreign-backed militants had rather carried out a rocket attack.
Militants, cited by Reuters news agency, had earlier claimed that warplanes, believed to be Israeli, had targeted a Syrian army post in Baath City.
The website of Lebanon’s al-Ahad television and Syrian media reports said the explosions had been caused by rockets fired by al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front militants.
The Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, later confirmed that explosions near Golan heights were caused by al-Nusra front rocket fire, not Israeli strike.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported a large explosion in Baath City.
The Tel Aviv regime, which is believed to be one of the key supporters of terrorist groups operating in Syria, has targeted the Golan Heights several times in recent years.
Last October, the Israeli military said it had launched several artillery attacks against Syrian army posts in the Golan Heights, claiming that they were in response to rocket fire from Syria on the Israeli-occupied sector of the heights.
Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria after the 1967 Six-Day War and later occupied it in a move that has never been recognized by the international community. The regime has built tens of illegal settlements in the area ever since and has used the region to carry out a number of military operations against the Syrian government.