Second reported IAF strike: Damascus says Israel strikes pro-Syrian Palestinian militia

Syrian state TV says Israel attacked a base of the Damascus-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
July 29, 2015 19:51
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An IAF F-15I fighter jet. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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BEIRUT -   An Israeli plane attacked a military base along the Syrian-Lebanese border on Wednesday belonging to a pro-Syrian Palestinian faction, wounding six people, Syrian state television said.

In a newsflash, state television quoted a military source as saying Israeli planes had at 3:15 p.m. (1215 GMT) struck a base belonging to the Damascus-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), a faction that backs President Bashar Assad.

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Asked about the reported strike, an Israeli military spokeswoman in Jerusalem declined comment.

Earlier in the day, Arab media reported in a separate incident that the Israeli Air Force struck a target in Syria, killing at least two people.

According to a report on the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen news portal, an Israeli air force jet struck a car in the countryside of Quneitra in the Syrian Golan Heights, killing three people.

Al-Manar, another Hezbollah-linked news portal, reported that it was an Israeli drone that had struck the vehicle, killing two members of a pro-Assad militia.

According to the Al-Manar report, the attack struck the car on the outskirts of the village of Hader, a Druse area at the frontier with the Israeli Golan Heights.

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According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights the first alleged Israeli attack struck a vehicle in the Syrian Golan Heights and targeted members of Hezbollah and the People's Committees, a pro-Assad militia led by Lebanese Druse terrorist Samir Kuntar. 

According to the Observatory report, five people were killed in the strike, two of whom were from Hezbollah and three of whom were from the People's Committees.

The IDF neither confirmed nor denied that it carried out the strike, stating that it does not respond to foreign reports.

Foreign media reports have attributed a number of air strikes in Syrian territory to Israel over the course of the four-year Syrian civil war.

In January, an alleged Israeli drone strike in southern Syria left six Hezbollah operatives and six Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps personnel dead — including an Iranian senior general and the son of the late external operations chief for Hezbollah.

Remnants of the car from the alleged Israeli attack on Syrian side of the Golan Heights

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