The Israeli army issued a statement on Friday morning declaring that it would intervene militarily to prevent the occupation of a Druze town in the Syrian Golan Heights which has come under attack by the Islamic militant group Nusra Front. The statement followed heavy fighting in the town Khader on Friday morning, approximately three kilometers from the Israeli border, including a car bomb that killed at

least nine people and injured 23. The fighting died down in the afternoon, and according to reports in Khader the Druze regained control of positions in the village. A post on the village’s Facebook account claimed victory and blamed Israel for assisting terrorists belonging to Nusra Front. According to sources in the Israel Defense Forces, the tension in the area has eased, but the alert level in Israel’s north remains high. MORE