Hezbollah Claims Israeli Hit Syrian Army Position; Israel Denies Report

Unconfirmed report says one fighter was killed and several wounded in airstrike in Khan Arnabeh, just outside Israeli-annexed Golan Heights.

A picture taken from the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on September 10, 2016 shows smoke rising from the Syrian village of Jubata al-Khashab.
Jalaa Marey, AFP

Hezbollah-affiliated media claimed late Saturday that Israel attacked a Syrian army position in the Golan Heights, as part of what it called Israel's support for anti-regime forces in Syria. Israel denied an earlier and similar report by Syria's official news agency and said it knew of no incident on the Golan.

Israel Radio, citing Russia Today in Arabic, said one fighter was reportedly killed and several wounded in what it called drone strike in Khan Arnabeh, in Quneitra, just across the border from the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights.

However, according to Hezbollah, no Syrian fighters were reported wounded or killed in the alleged attack.

Also on Saturday, two mortar shells fired by Syrian rebels were intercepted over the Golan Heights by the Iron Dome missile defense system. According to the IDF, the battery was activated when it was believed that the shells would fall in Israeli territory. Shortly after, however, it was made clear that the shells, if not intercepted, would have exploded in Syria. 

This was the first time an Iron Dome battery successfully intercepted a rocket from Syria. In June 2014, a battery was activated on the border, but failed to shoot down a mortar shell that exploded in Israeli territory.

The Iron Dome protects against short-range rockets, and intercepted hundreds of projectiles fired by Palestinians militants during the 2014 Gaza war.