A picture taken from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on August 30, 2014 shows the Israeli border with Syria near the Quneitra crossing
A picture taken from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on August 30, 2014 shows the Israeli border with Syria near the Quneitra crossing © Ahmad Gharabli - AFP/File
A picture taken from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on August 30, 2014 shows the Israeli border with Syria near the Quneitra crossing
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Last updated: January 18, 2015

Israeli helicopter strikes Syrian Golan

Banner Icon An Israeli helicopter carried out a strike Sunday against "terrorists" in the Syrian sector of the Golan Heights who were allegedly preparing an attack on Israel, an Israeli security source said.

An Israeli helicopter carried out a strike Sunday against "terrorists" in the Syrian sector of the Golan Heights who were allegedly preparing an attack on Israel, an Israeli security source said.

The source told AFP the strike took place near Quneitra, close to the ceasefire line separating the Syrian part of the Golan Heights from the Israeli-occupied sector, confirming a report by Lebanon's Al-Manar television.

The source could not provide details about the identities of the targets or the nature of the attack they were allegedly preparing.

The Israeli army would not comment.

According to the source, Israeli drones were present in the area during the attack. Last month, the Syrian army said it shot down an Israeli reconnaissance drone flying over Quneitra province.

In August, five rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights and in July Israel shelled Syrian army positions after a Syrian rocket hit Israel.

Syria and Israel are officially in a state of war, and Israel has occupied the Golan Heights since 1967. The occupation is not recognised by the international community.

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