JERUSALEM: Syrian rebels fighting forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime have taken over the Quneitra crossing on the Israel-Syria ceasefire line in the Golan Heights, army radio reported on Thursday, quoting military officials.
“The IDF [Israel Defence Forces] confirms that Quneitra crossing has fallen to the rebels,” the radio said.
But a military spokesman refused to comment on the report, which refers to a crossing point in the central part of the strategic plateau.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group that has been monitoring Syria’s two-year conflict, also said the rebels seized the Quneitra crossing after attacking and clashing with Syrian government troops.
Both the Observatory and the Israeli radio station said fierce fighting was still under way in the actual town of the same name, which lies close to the crossing.
Israeli security sources confirmed there were exchanges of fire in the area of the crossing, but said it was not yet possible to say whether it had been taken over.
“They are exchanges of fire there,” one source said. “The incident is ongoing so it’s very hard to say who is in control there.”
I also said that, the military had warned farmers not to approach the area and that an unspecified number of Syrian government troops had been taken to a hospital in northern Israel for treatment.