Jordan army says several ISIL fighters killed in border clashes

UN peacekeepers return after 4 years to Israel-occupied Golan Heights near Syria

The BBC's Middle East correspondent, Tom Bateman, who is in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, says that despite the infiltration, Israel sees Iranian forces loyal to President Assad as the biggest threat from inside Syria.

From Shajarah the forces of the Syrian dictator proceeded in the direction of the villages Abidin and Maariyah and finally recaptured the region along the border with Israel on the Golan Heights.

The strategic plateau divides Israel and Syria, old foes, and saw decades of stable stand-off before the Syrian rebellion.

In a separate development, according to media reports, Russian Federation is planning to deploy military police on the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel and set up eight observation posts.

The Israeli military said it carried out an air strike on the Golan on Wednesday night, killing seven insurgents it believed were from the Khaled Bin Walid Army and en route to attack an Israeli target.

Army units had used "all types of weapons" to shell a group of militants who had come close to its side of the Yarmouk Valley in clashes that lasted almost 24 hours from Tuesday to Wednesday afternoon, an army source said.

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"We applied rules of engagement and members of the Daesh [Arabic acronym for ISIL, also known as ISIS] gang were forced to retreat inside Syria and some of their members were killed", the source said.

Russian Federation demanded the immediate access by worldwide humanitarian entities to the Rukban refugee camp, where it is suspected that the Pentagon carries out recruitment work among civilians to make up radical groups.

"Had they been able to continue, they would have come to the Israeli security fence", Conricus said. It makes sense for Israel to view the war that way from their perspective, bordering southern Syria. "I think this is also in Assad's interest".

Rebels still control substantial territory in northern Syria, mostly along the Turkish border.

"With the aim of preventing possible provocations against United Nations posts along the "Bravo" line, the deployment is planned of eight observation posts of Russia's armed forces' military police", Rudskoi said.

It said the new Russian posts would be handed over to the Syrian government once the situation had stabilised.

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