Israeli soldiers in an armored vehicle watch the fighting between forces loyal to Bashar Assad and rebels in the Druze village of Khader in Syria, seen from the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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Rebels surrounded a government-held Druze village on the Syrian side of the cease-fire line on the Golan Heights Wednesday after heavy fighting, a monitoring group said.Abdel Rahman said the rebels had received reinforcements from elsewhere in Qunaitra province, which covers much of the Golan.Fighting around Hader, which began Tuesday, has killed at least 10 rebels and 14 loyalists so far, he said.While the rebels were eventually expelled from the base, fighting has continued nearby.The Druze community – which made up around 3 percent of Syria's pre-war population of 23 million – has been somewhat divided during the war, with some members fighting on the government side and others expressing sympathy for the opposition. In Swaida, Druze have formed a local militia to protect themselves from the rebels, residents say.At least 33 people were killed Tuesday in the Damascus region as the army bombarded a rebel-held town and the rebels fired rockets into the capital, the Observatory said Wednesday.
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