Israeli soldiers walk past tanks in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, near the border with Syria, Thursday, May 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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The Syrian army has reinforced its anti-aircraft defenses near the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a commander in the regional alliance that backs President Bashar Assad said Tuesday.Last month, Israel accused Damascus-allied Iranian forces of launching a rocket salvo across the frontier, triggering ferocious airstrikes into Syria against what Israel described as Iran-backed positions.Israel wants Iran-backed forces such as Hezbollah kept away from its frontier and removed from Syria more widely. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said last week the group would stay in Syria as long as Assad wanted it there.According to the Observatory, a coalition airstrike last week killed 11 civilians in the same Daesh-held area, and another 12 lost their lives in coalition raids on June 1 .
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