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Extremists seize Syria-Israel border crossing


Smoke rise from the Syrian village of Quneitra, as seen from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, as a result of fighting between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels over the control of the Quneitra border crossing, the only official crossing between Syria and the on Wednesday.Photo: AFP/ JACK GUEZ


Beirut: Al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front and other extremist fighters have taken control of a border crossing on the line dividing Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Wednesday.

The fighters, who have vowed to "liberate" the area,  captured the Quneitra post on the Syrian side from forces loyal to President Bashar Al Assad after fierce clashes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The organisation gathers information from all sides in the Syrian war.

The crossing is monitored by the United Nations, which oversees traffic between the two enemy countries but the distance between the two warring adversaries' posts is some 200 metres.

Latest spillover

During the fighting, a stray bullet wounded an Israeli soldier in the Golan Heights and Israel responded with artillery fire at two Syrian army positions, the Israeli military said.

It was the latest spillover of violence from the three-year conflict.  Rebels last year briefly took the Quneitra border crossing with Israel and now control many villages in the area.


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