Israel Kills Seven Armed ISIS Terrorists Approaching Syria Border

Seven Islamic State terrorists were killed in an Israeli attack overnight Wednesday in Syria’s Golan Heights. 

The terrorists came as close to 200 meters to the Israel-Syria border, at which Israeli troops launched an attack against them, army spokesman Ronen Manelis. 

The seven terrorists were fleeing fighting against the Assad regime, the Israeli army noted. 

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The army also noted that it had been following the cell for a while. The military also said that it found five firearms and belts containing explosive devices.

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The IDF said it is on high alert and ready to protect Israeli residents in the northern region.

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The Jordanian military said it also struck armed ISIS terrorists who attempted to cross the border between Jordan and Syria on Thursday. 

The Syrian military announced earlier Thursday that its forces were chasing after ISIS members who fled villages in Syria that the regime had overtaken Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Russia plans to deploy military police on the Golan Heights and set up eight monitoring posts to avoid any possible provocations there, Interfax news agency reported on Thursday, citing the Russian Defense Ministry. 

On Wednesday, Russia’s envoy to Syria said that Iranian forces have withdrawn their heavy weapons to a distance of 85 kilometers (53 miles) from the Golan Heights frontier between Israel and Syria.

"The Iranians withdrew and the Shi’ite formations are not there," the agency quoted Alexander Lavrentiev, President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy to Syria, as saying.

Lavrentiev said Iranian service personnel, whom he described as advisers, could be among Syrian army forces that remain closer to the Israeli border. 

On Monday, the Syrian government retook the frontier with the Golan after Islamic State-linked militants gave up their last pocket of territory in the area, state media and an opposition-linked war-monitoring group reported.