Rebels seize Syria crossing near Israel

August 28, 2014 - 2:15:23 am

BEIRUT: Al Qaeda’s Syria wing Nusra Front and other Islamist 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 yesterday.

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 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.

Israel closed off the area around Quneitra after an officer was wounded by stray fire.

“From what we know, opposition forces overran the Syrian regime forces on the Syrian side of the Quneitra crossing, some of those including Al Nusra Front, which leaves the crossing in the opposition forces’ hands,” the Israeli army said.