Jordan, Israel kill Daesh militants flushed out of Syria


On Thursday Israel announced that its aircraft carried out an overnight strike in the Golan Heights killing seven armed Islamic State-affiliated "terror operatives" who breached Israeli territory from Syria.

Russia's Defence Ministry says United Nations peacekeepers returned on Thursday to patrol the frontier between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights for the first time in years - Moscow's latest achievement in efforts to negotiate a solution to the crisis along the volatile border.

Following the May 10 attack, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that the IDF had destroyed "almost all of Iran's military infrastructure sites in Syria".

Unverified Syrian reports claimed that the air defense systems shot down an Israeli drone.

Sergei Rudskoi, a senior Russian Defense Ministry official, said that Russian military police had on Thursday begun patrolling in the Golan Heights and planned to set up eight observation posts in the area.

Israel has been blamed for previous attacks on a suspected Iranian military base in the el-Kisweh area.

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But they entered a downward spiral in recent times when Israel intensified its bombing of military infrastructure in Syria.

During their summit in Helsinki, Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump said they were exploring ways to protect Israel from the war in Syria.

The peacekeeping mission was halted in 2014, over security concerns, amid the violence in Syria's civil war.

He declined to say specifically where they were located, but said it was in the southern Golan, near the Jordanian border.

"From our perspective, the situation is returning to how it was before the civil war, meaning there is a real address, someone responsible and central rule", Lieberman told reporters during a tour of air defence units in northern Israel. Gen. Nitzan Nuriel, former head of the Counterterror Bureau at Israel's Prime Minister's office, said Israel should be on alert in the area because Syrian government troops "from now and a year from now, they will not be able to control those who are trying to attack the State of Israel from that border".

There was no immediate Syrian government response to the border clashes reported by Jordan and Syria on Thursday.