The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have reinforced their troops in the Golan Heights after the recent emergence of Hezbollah (Party of God) fighters near their border.
Hezbollah fighters are participating in the Battle of Al-Quneitra, where they been spread out across the villages of Mosahra, Al-Hamidiyyeh and ‘Umm Batna – these villages are located approximately 15 kilometers from the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.
The recent Syrian Arab Army (SAA) offensive in southwest Syria has generated significant gains for the loyalist forces, as they concentrate their forces – including Hezbollah – on recapturing the border-crossing into Israel from the United Nations Demilitarized Zone.
Last month, the Israeli Air Force attacked a Hezbollah convoy traveling in Al-Quneitra, killing the son of the late Hezbollah commander ‘Imad Moughaniyyeh and 4 of his comrades, along with an Iranian Revolutionary Guard officer.
Israel has not interfered in the recent loyalist offensive; however, as Hezbollah inches closer to the Israeli border, the likelihood of an IDF response becomes imminent.