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Israelis Launch Aggression Against Syria as Army Battles IDF-Paid ‘Rebels’

  • The attack came as rebel factions, including known Islamist extremists, battled Syria Army forces Saturday in the Quneitra province bordering the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

    The attack came as rebel factions, including known Islamist extremists, battled Syria Army forces Saturday in the Quneitra province bordering the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. | Photo: AFP – Reuters

Syria accuses the Israeli military of hitting a residential building and supporting jihadists who admit to receiving direct financing from Israelis.

In the latest act of aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic, Israeli occupation forces have targeted Syrian military outposts after 10 shells landed in the illegally-occupied Golan Heights. However, military sources in Syria have accused the Israelis of killing civilians and attempting to prop up rebels who recently admitted that they were receiving direct financing from the settler-colonial Israeli state.

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The attack came as rebel factions, including known Islamist extremists, battled Syria Army forces Saturday in the Quneitra province bordering the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, according to Syrian state media and a Western-backed war monitor.

The Israelis launched their attacks on positions held by what it calls the “Syrian regime” after 10 projectiles landed in the illegally-held Syrian region. According to the Israeli military, the alleged position from which the projectiles were fired came under attack, while two army tanks belonging to the Syrian army also were bombed.

Syria’s military described the shellfire into the Israeli-held territory as errant fire and called it an “unacceptable breach” of sovereignty. Stray fire from fighting between the forces of Syria’s legitimate government and rebel factions are not uncommon in the contested Golan Heights.

Syrian military sources also said Israeli rocket fire had hit a residential building, causing a number of deaths and damage. The source did not mention Syrian fire into Israel but did note that the Israeli strike was in support of jihadist rebels.

Israeli seized 500 square miles of the Golan from Syria during its colonialist military campaigns of 1967 and later annexed it. The move was never recognized by the international community, yet it unofficially backed by imperialist powers, first and foremost its financiers within the United States.

Groups like the Quneitra-based 400-strong Fursan al-Joulan, or the Knights of the Golan, recently admitted that they have been receiving payment from the Israeli occupiers, who hope to create a buffer of “friendly forces” between the occupation and the Syrian government, the Wall Street Journal reported this week. The group is not backed by other U.S.-led coalition or Arab countries.

“Israel stood by our side in a heroic way,” group spokesman Moatasem al-Golani told the Journal. “We wouldn’t have survived without Israel’s assistance.” The cooperation began when the Israelis began assisting Syrian fighters, including alleged “Islamist extremists,” through medical care at Israeli hospitals, in a relationship that soon led to direct funding for fighters for salaries, ammunition and weapons.

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In January 2016, former Israeli military Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon noted his preference for the Islamic State group, telling an audience “if the choice is between Iran and the Islamic State (group), I choose the Islamic State.” The former military official Yaalon last month told reporters that the Islamic State group had also recently apologized to Israeli military forces after unintentionally attacking them along the Syrian border.

According to the Wall Street Journal report, under Yaalon’s tenure as defense minister in 2013, the Golan rebels began receiving direct monetary support.

Western-funded NGO the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rebel groups of Quneitra had launched an assault and were storming army positions near Baath City.

The Israelis have launched several unprovoked acts of aggression against Syria throughout the conflict, including assassinations and assaults on targets such as alleged “weapons caches” belonging to Lebanese Hezbollah, who are fighting alongside the Syrian government at the latter’s invitation. The Syrian Arab Republic and the Israelis remain technically at war.