Israel kills four-man bomb squad plotting attack at border with Syria

Cheryl Sanders
August 3, 2020

In recent weeks, Israel has boosted its forces on its northern front amid heightened tensions with bordering Lebanon and Syria.

Israel has said it holds the Syrian regime responsible for the attempted bombing, which appeared to be in retaliation for a series of airstrikes attributed to Israel on Iranian-backed forces in Syria.

"We don't know who sent them, there are a lot of players in Syria, some acting for Iran and some not", he said.

He added that for Israeli civilians on the Golan Heights, normal life was uninterrupted during the incident.

There was no immediate comment from Syria.

The army is investigating the origin of the terror cell, IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman said.

The spokesman said the military was working on "neutralizing" the area where the four militants were operating - disarming the bombs they planted - so that the explosives could be studied in order to determine which organization the men belonged to.

IDF Spokesman Hedi Zilberman said following the incident, "Complex and tense days are ahead of us, we continue to work to defend the sector - IDF forces are ready and willing to continue as needed".

Several Israeli media outlets reported that the military actions were in response to an increased threat from the Iran-backed Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, which has a significant presence in Syria.

The army said a search of the area was being carried out. The IDF then deployed reconnaissance troops from the Maglan unit.

Hizbollah vowed to take revenge after an airstrike carried out last month, which was attributed to Israel, killed one of its fighters. Simultaneous firing on the squad that numbered four terrorists hit them.

Hezbollah officially denied that an attack had taken place, but did not explicitly dispute that its members had crossed into the Israeli-controlled enclave.

Tensions are already high between bitter rivals Israel and Syria. That was the case in September, when the terror group fired three anti-tank guided missiles at Israeli military targets along the Lebanese border, narrowly missing an IDF armored ambulance with five soldiers inside, after the IDF killed two of its fighters in Syria the month before.

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