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Israel Says It Killed Suspected Islamic State-Linked Militants

Israel Says It Killed Suspected Islamic State-Linked Militants

Russian Federation will deploy its military police on the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel, its defense ministry said on Thursday, after weeks of mounting volatility in the area.

"Israel will not cease to act against Iranian forces in Syria and will not forgive any attempt to attack the [Israeli] citizens of the north", he said.

"In Syria, as far as we are concerned, the situation is returning to the previous one before the civil war, meaning there is a clear address, there is responsibility and there is a central government", Lieberman said.

Israeli forces monitored the militants' movements before carrying out the strike, Conricus said.

"Overnight, an IDF aircraft fired towards several armed terror operatives in the southern Syrian Golan Heights".

It said the new Russian posts would be handed over to the Syrian government once the situation had stabilised.

Relations between the two countries have been sour for decades, following numerous episodes of hostilities, Syria's participation in the 1967 Six-Day War of Arab nations against Israel and Israel's continued occupation of the Golan Heights, among other issues.

The Syrian conflict erupted in 2011 and Russian intervention in 2015 helped to turn the tide in President Bashar al-Assad's favour.

Israel has called for Iranian-backed forces to withdraw from Syria, appealing to Russian Federation to enforce their exit.

The Israeli military said it carried out an air strike on the Golan on Wednesday night, killing seven insurgents it believed were from the Khaled Bin Walid Army and en route to attack an Israeli target.

He said the men hit had assault rifles and bomb belts and moved in a battle formation: "We assume they were on a terrorist mission and that they were trying to infiltrate into Israel". He said a preliminary assessment was that the infiltrators were Daesh militants.

The strike came as Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman set three conditions for the country to cease operations in Syria.

The militants had sought to take cover among hundreds of civilians camped near the Jordanian border to escape the bombing of their villages during the offensive against the militants, an intelligence source said.