Israel strike kills seven near fence in Golan

UN peacekeepers return after 4 years to Israel-occupied Golan Heights near Syria

Israel says Assad back in charge, Syrian front likely to be quieter

Asked whether Israel should be less wary of possible flare-ups on the Golan - much of which it seized from Syria in the 1967 war and annexed in a move not recognised overseas - Lieberman said: "I believe so".

Col. -Gen. Sergei Rudskoy of the Russian General Staff told reporters at a news conference in Moscow that the United Nations peacekeepers, aided by Russian forces, conducted their first patrolling mission in the area earlier in the day.

The pro-government al-Masdar news service said that air defenses fired several missiles to fend off an attack near the el-Kisweh region and that it was not clear if the Syrian missiles were fired at an aircraft, drone or incoming rockets.

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 lobbying the Kremlin to use its influence with Assad, and with Tehran, to try to get the Iranian military presence in Syria scaled back.

The Islamic State has also been routed from nearby territory it once controlled.

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"It did not seem as if they were fleeing, seeking refuge", Conricus said.

Israel has sought to avoid direct involvement in the Syrian conflict but acknowledges carrying out dozens of air strikes there to stop what it says are deliveries of advanced weaponry to its Lebanese enemy Hezbollah and other Iran-backed forces. They didn't elaborate but later Putin said he agreed with Trump on securing Israel's border with Syria in line with the 1974 deal.

Israel's military spokesperson, Lt. -Col.

Seven IS militants were killed in an Israeli attack overnight Wednesday in Syria's Golan Heights. He said a preliminary assessment was that the infiltrators were Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.

"Anti-aircraft, our aerial defences, are really prepared and ready and prove their abilities at the moment of truth", Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told reporters. 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".

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