By Times Headline Writer
“The al-Nusra militants attacked the Syrian army positions in Hadar town in the Golan Heights with hundreds of fighters and from several sides but the Syrian forces could repel the heavy offensive,” a military source said on Thursday.
According to the source, at least 75 terrorists were killed in the clashes and tens of others were wounded.
Other militants also fled the scene, the source added.
The al-Nusra terrorists’ offensive was launched after the Israeli forces attacked a Syrian military position in the Golan Heights on Wednesday.
The Israeli army did not hide its artillery attack on Syria, but claimed that it had earlier been hit by a shell that had gone astray.
“In response to the projectile which hit Israel earlier today, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) targeted an artillery position of the Syrian regime in the northern Syrian Golan Heights,” a statement said.
The rocket was believed to be stray fire from fighting between the Syrian government forces and rebels, it claimed.
It caused no casualties, the army said, and was “most likely a result of the internal fighting in Syria”.
The Israeli Army says it holds the Syrian government accountable for any fire from its territory, regardless of the source, but it never explains then why it helps the al-Nusra Front terrorists and treats wounded militants at its hospitals.
Israel seized 1,200 square kilometers (460 square miles) of the Golan from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.
(With inputs from news agencies)