Israeli Jets Bomb Syrian Forces, 5 Killed

Beirut (AFP) - An Israeli air strike on a government-held village in the Golan Heights killed five Syrian government soldiers on Wednesday, a monitoring group said.

"An Israeli plane hit a car inside the town of Hader, killing two men from (Lebanese group) Hezbollah, and three men from the pro-regime popular committees in the town," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Hader is a Druze village that lies along the ceasefire line, with the Israeli-occupied portion of the Golan Heights plateau to the west, and the border with Damascus province to the northeast.

An Israeli army spokeswoman declined to comment on the incident.

According to Hezbollah's official television station Al-Manar, "two members of Syria's  National Defence Forces were killed when an Israeli drone targeted their car at the entrance of Hader, in Quneitra province."

The National Defence Forces has fighters operating throughout Syria.

Lebanon's Hezbollah is a close ally of the Syrian government and has dispatched fighters to bolster the army against the West backed rebels.

Rebel fighters, including Islamists, surrounded the village of Hader on June 17 after fierce clashes with Hezbollah and army soldiers in the area. 

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