Conflict News and others reported on Saturday the possibility of Israeli air activity over Syria. The reports are unconfirmed and few details are available. Earlier Saturday the Syrian government claimed it has retaken Dahret al-Kassar in the Quneitra province “after carrying out intensive operations against positions of Jabhat al-Nusra.” Quneitra is opposite Israeli military positions in the Golan Heights. Syria began its operation against al-Nusra in February and, according to the Times of Israel, Hezbollah has played a key role in ground operations in the region.
“The placement of thousands of the group’s soldiers near the Syrian-Israeli border, with the organization not even trying to conceal its involvement in the battles, signifies much more than just another operation,” the Times reported on February 16. On October 19 Yochanan Visser wrote: Hezbollah fighters are already along the border with Israel on the Golan Heights and have seized the so-called UN Hill opposite the Druze town of Magdal Shams on the Israeli Golan Heights. They have taken control of the strategically important mountain to release pressure on the Syrian city of al-Baath that houses an important military base, and are now expected to advance in the direction of the town of (Quneitra) opposite the observation point on the Israeli Golan Heights. FULL REPORT