Report: Syrian commander escapes Israeli assassination attempt

July 29, 2016  

A senior commander in the Syrian army recently escaped unharmed an Israeli assassination attempt in the Golan Heights, the Iranian semiofficial Fars news agency reported Friday.

According to the report, the man in question is Majid Heymoud, who was visiting the town of Eastern al-Samdaniya.

Heymoud’s convoy, according to the report, came under two missile attacks in the part of the Golan Heights which is under Israel’s control, but he escaped unharmed.

The report did not specify when this incident took place. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit told Kol Yisrael radio on Friday that it does not respond to reports in foreign outlets.

According to the Fars report, the Al-Nusra Front Syrian rebel group also tried to kill Heymoud after the alleged failed Israeli missile attack, but they did not succeed to do so.

Airstrikes attributed to Israel in recent years have targeted Hezbollah positions in Syria, as part of efforts to prevent the terrorist group from obtaining advanced weaponry from Iran in exchange for its support of the Assad regime.

The Israeli government mostly adopts a policy of ambiguity on these attacks, though Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently confirmed for the first time that Israel occasionally conducts military activities in Syria to prevent threats on its borders.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)


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