Syrian army says it captures strategic hill overlooking Israeli border

Smoke following an explosion in Syria is seen from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near the Israeli Syrian border

Syrian army says it captures strategic hill overlooking Israeli border

The aid group said there are urgent concerns for the safety of around 160,000 who fled to the area earlier this month and are now caught between the frontier and the advancing Syrian army. In a bid to minimize civilian casualties, both Damascus and Moscow have been initiating talks with militants to make them hand back the areas they control to the government without fighting.

Syria's southern border is a prized region for almost all stakeholders in Syria's war due to its strategic geographical position bordering both Jordan and the Israel, while also lying in close proximity to Damascus.

The Syrians who approached the frontier fence stopped some 200 metres (yards) away, before an Israeli soldier told them to leave.

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"People from the refugee camps went very close to the border to ask for protection because the bombardment is very close to Quneitra", said one source near the Golan Heights.

A witness on the Syrian side of the Golan frontier said the sound of bombardment was drawing ever nearer.

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Israel first started developing closer relations in 2015, when Russian Federation sent troops to Syria, prompting questions in Washington, D.C., about "why Netanyahu was "cozying up" to Putin at a time when Russian Federation was killing Syrian civilians and engaging in aggression against Ukraine".

US President Donald Trump is continuing his predecessor Barack Obama's "disastrous" Syria policy, Israeli website Wallah reported.

Syrian government troops have regained control of a strategic hill overlooking the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, state-media and rebels said on Monday.

Syrian regime forces backed by Russian Federation made sweeping advances on Monday against rebels holding out in the country's south, a monitor and regime media said.

Israel has threatened a "harsh response" to any attempt by Syrian forces to deploy in that zone.

The area is a bastion of Iranian-backed militias including Hezbollah group, according to Western intelligence sources. But the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, indicated last week that Israel would accept Syrian government control of the region. The Observatory said government forces advanced on Massharah, a village in Quneitra, and rebels fought back in intense clashes that killed several pro-government fighters.

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