Syrian army commander said to ‘narrowly survive’ Israeli strike
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Syrian army commander said to ‘narrowly survive’ Israeli strike

Iranian media claims IDF fired missiles across border, missing target; Israel issues no comment on reports

IDF soldiers stand near a large brush fire outside Kfar Sold in the Golan Heights sparked by four missiles fired from the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border on August 20, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)
IDF soldiers stand near a large brush fire outside Kfar Sold in the Golan Heights sparked by four missiles fired from the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border on August 20, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

A senior official in the Syrian army is said to have survived an assassination attempt allegedly at the hands of Israel, according to unconfirmed reports in the Iranian press on Friday.

Majid Heymoud, the commander of the First Battalion of the Golan Regiment, according to Iran’s Fars News Agency, was on a visit to a town on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights when he “narrowly survived the assassination plot.”

His convoy came under two missile attacks which were fired from an area of the Golan Heights “under Israel’s control,” Fars reported.

The Al-Nusra Front, according to Fars, then tried to kill Heymoud separately but also failed, the Iranian news agency reported.

There was no Israeli comment on the report.

On Monday, the Israeli Air Force struck a target in Syria in response to errant mortar fire from the war-torn, neighboring country that landed in the central Golan Heights, an army statement said.

The shell hit “an open area near the security fence,” the army said, likely referring to Israel’s border fence along the Golan’s demilitarized zone. There were no reports of injuries.

The strike came amid reports of increased fighting between the Syrian regime and rebels in the area around Quneitra, in the demilitarized zone.

The air force “successfully targeted the source of the fire in Syria,” it said, warning that it holds the Damascus government responsible for any fire that hits Israel.

The Syrian army, in a statement carried on the official SANA news agency, said Israeli forces fired two rockets from drones on the Syrian side of the Golan, damaging a residential building.

The IDF often responds to fire that crosses into Israel by striking Syrian army posts.

On July 17, Israeli said its military fired two Patriot missiles at a drone that had infiltrated from Syria.

AFP contributed to this report

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