According to Iraeli media outlets, four ISIS militants were killed due to an Israeli air raid conducted in western Daraa on Sunday morning.
The airstrikes were retaliation for the ‘Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade’, an ISIS affiliate, opening fire on an Israeli checkpoint in the Golan Heights, damaging several cars.
Both sides also exchanged mortar fire.
A senior official of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) praised the quick Israeli response: “The response was sharp and swift and intended to send a message that we are in the area and are determined to protect our border. The IDF’s response took place within minutes.” the official said.
Last month, the Israeli Air Force conducted numerous air raids on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the Quneitra governorate. However, today marks the first time Israeli jets have targeted ISIS militants specifically.
Yesterday, local Syrian Islamist rebels announced they would embark on a large-scale offensive from the Golan Heights in a bid to reach the outskirts of Damascus.