Syria's Golan Height Protesters Slam Israel's Support for Al-Nusra

Syria's Golan Height Protesters Slam Israel's Support for Al-Nusra

Responding to some allegations by Druze that Israel was assisting Tahrir al-Sham, the Israeli military said "the allegations of Israeli involvement and assistance to global jihadi elements in the fighting are groundless".

However, in Lebanon and Syria, the Druze minority is widely perceived as allied not only with the Alawite group of Assad, but also with the Shiite Hezbollah terrorist group, which fights for Israel's destruction.

Syrian rebel factions launched an attack on Syrian government territory in Quneitra on Friday, with the aim of connecting two insurgent-held areas.

A auto bomb killed at least nine people and injured 23 in the town, which is approximately three kilometres from the border of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The Nusra Front past year changed its name to the Fateh al-Sham Front and stated it had cut ties with al-Qaeda, though most analysts believe the two organizations are still linked.

The IDF said that it viewed the entry into Syria as a "serious security violation", and that soldiers had entered Syria in order to bring the Israeli Druze back.

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In an unusual statement earlier Friday, the IDF said that it "was prepared to assist residents of Khader to prevent occupation" by the rebel groups, "as part of our commitment to the Druze population".

Israel is widely believed to be harboring and supporting anti-Syrian government militants who have been wreaking havoc along Syria's Southwestern border regions.

Salman Fakherldeen, a founder of the al-Marsad Arab Human Rights Centre in the Golan Heights, told Tazpit Press Service (TPS) that some additional IDF troops arrived in the town overnight between Thursday and Friday, but said there has been a noticeable increase in the army's presence in town in recent hours.

In June, Syrian military sources said Israel's airstrikes on the Golan Heights coincided with a push by Al-Nusra terrorists against army positions, which was aborted.

The Jewish state has officially maintained a posture of non-intervention in the war in Syria that erupted after anti- government protests in March 2011.

After the mounting accusations, Israel showed exceptional interest in Khodr, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayahu telephoning Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to announce his support for the Druze community. Israeli Druze attempted to help as well, as they broke through the border fence in an attempt to help their compatriots in the battle.