JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it thwarted an infiltration attempt from Syria yesterday, likely killing four suspected militants it accused of trying to plant explosives.
Military Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said Israeli troops earlier had been in ambush following “irregular” activity in the Golan Heights.
Israeli troops opened fire on the suspected militants, some of whom were armed, after observing them placing the explosives on the ground, Conricus said. The Israeli military released video showing the four fleeing before disappearing in an explosion caused by the strike.
The Israeli military has yet to determine if the four had ties to Iran or Hezbollah, two Syrian allies. However, Conricus said Israel held the Syrian government responsible for the incident.
Syria’s state-run SANA news agency did not immediately acknowledge the Israeli strike.
Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and later annexed the territory. The United States (US) is the only country to have recognised Israel’s annexation.
The incident comes amid heightened tension on Israel’s northern frontier following a recent Israeli airstrike that killed a Hezbollah fighter in Syria. Following the airstrike, the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights was hit by explosives fired from Syria and Israel responded by attacking Syrian military positions and beefing up its forces in the area.