Al-Qaeda linked groups clash with ISIS in Golan Heights

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

A number of Syrian rebel groups, including the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front, yesterday clashed with jihadists linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) in the Golan Heights, AFP reported a monitor and an opposition spokesman saying.

Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP that rebel groups fought ISIS-linked Jaysh Al-Jihad in the border town of Qahtaniya in the southern province of Quneitra.

“These are key battles, because ISIS now has a presence in Syria’s south and because they are close to the ceasefire line with the Golan,” said Abdulrahman. “This is the first time these groups have clashed with each other,” he added.

Abdulrahman said 12 rebels were killed and Jaysh Al-Jihad lost seven fighters. “Fifteen members of Jaysh Al-Jihad were also taken hostage,” he said.

The clashes took place as Israel announced that two mortar rounds fired from Syria struck northern parts of the Golan Heights, without causing casualties.

Israeli forces later stated that the mortar fire was the result of errant “spillover” from the conflict, and not a deliberate attack.

Source: Middle East Monitor.


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