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Israel Fires on Syria Targets From Occupied Golan: AFP, Army

Israeli tanks fired on Syrian targets from the occupied Golan Heights Thursday, an AFP photographer and the military said.

The strikes targeted “two temporary structures” used by the Syrian army in violation of the 1974 disengagement agreement between the two countries, the military said in a statement.

The AFP photographer witnessed an Israeli tank firing at least two shells.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed the territory in a move not recognized by the United Nations.

The tank fire follows an Israeli drone strike that killed two members of the Islamic Jihad militant group earlier Thursday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Israeli military told AFP it would not comment on the reported assassination, which happened near the demarcation line on the Golan Heights, according to the British-based war monitor, which has a network of sources inside Syria.

During more than a decade of war in Syria, neighboring Israel has launched hundreds of air strikes on its territory, primarily targeting Iran-backed forces and Hezbollah fighters as well as Syrian army positions.

Two soldiers were killed in Israeli strikes on Syria’s Mediterranean coast earlier this month, the official Syrian Arab News Agency reported.

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