Israeli helicopters struck Syrian military positions in the Quneitra province in the Syrian Golan Heights and wounded three Syrian soldiers, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported overnight Thursday, Haaretz reported.
Earlier Thursday, Syrian state TV reported that an Israeli drone fired a missile at a car in southern Syria, killing one person whom it named as a “civilian”. Several other media outlets aligned with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime said that the man was a local policeman.
The man is said to have been targeted while driving near the village of Hader, near Quneitra, in the Syrian Golan Heights.
Local media reports have identified the man as Imad Tawil, a senior Hezbollah official aiding Iran’s efforts to secure a foothold on the Golan Heights.
In a rare acknowledgment of operations in neighboring Syria, Israel said earlier this week that its warplanes struck Islamic Jihad targets south of Damascus, in addition to sites in the Gaza Strip.
The strike came after Islamic Jihad fired a barrage of more than 20 rockets into southern Israel in response to the death of one of its operatives, who was shot by Israeli forces after they said he was laying an explosive charge near the Gaza border fence, Haaretz added.