Israeli soldiers work near a Merkava tank stationed in the Israeli Golan Heights near the Quneitra crossing with Syria (Photo:: Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel Conducts Strikes in Syria After Reportedly Eliminating Hizbullah Commander

Israel reportedly conducted a series of air strikes in the Syrian Golan Heights late Thursday night, targeting military positions in the towns of Quneitra, al-Qataniyah and al-Hurriyet. According to reports, citing Syrian sources, the strikes came just hours after an Israeli drone eliminated one of Hizbullah’s top commanders in southern Syria. Emad Tawil was allegedly spearheading efforts to establish “terror infrastructure” near the shared border from which to launch attacks against the Jewish state. Israel and Russia – the Assad regime’s main backer and the major power broker in the war-torn country – years ago forged a tacit agreement that was meant to prevent Iranian-backed Shi’ite forces from operating within 60-100 kilometers from the frontier. Israel has conducted thousands of strikes across Syria with a view to thwarting Tehran’s attempt to set up permanent military bases there. Jerusalem has also repeatedly targeted Iranian weapons convoys bound for Hizbullah in Lebanon. Earlier this week, Israel’s defense minister vowed to dislodge all Iranian troops from Syria within 12 months.

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