The Syrian area of Quneitra is seen in the background as an out-of-commission Israeli tank parks on a hill, near the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, August 21, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Israeli forces killed four gunmen linked to Daesh (ISIS) after they fired on soldiers Sunday, the military said, in the first such attack on the occupied Golan Heights.The Israeli soldiers were targeted with machine-gun fire and mortars and they shot back, before the air force bombed the vehicle carrying the gunmen identified as members of "Shuhada al-Yarmouk, a [Daesh] affiliate," said spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner.The former director of Israel's Counter Terrorism Bureau said the initiative behind the militant attack was "a local decision" and not emanating from a higher echelon, and did not mark a new policy of Daesh attacks on Israeli forces.While avoiding being drawn into the internal Syrian conflict, Israel attacks Syrian military targets when fire, even unintentional, spills over the demarcation line.
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