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The Syrian Army advances toward Golan Heights border

July 22, 2018 1:16 P.M. (Updated: July 23, 2018 11:14 A.M.)
BETHEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have continued to advance and take control of the Quneitra district, leading to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights border, raising concern for Israel, on Sunday.

A Syrian military source told Ma'an that the SAA, backed by a Russian air campaign, has recovered several villages, which were besieged by the rebels. The source added that their units operating in the south are also well advanced.

An SAA officer confirmed that the full restoration of the Quneitra district would be completed in the coming days. The SAA also managed to recover more than 90% of the rebel-controlled Daraa area near the Jordanian border.

The officer added that after the army’s victory in southwestern Syria, Israel is forced to accept the return of the SAA to the occupied Golan Heights border. 

The advance of the army towards the border still raised concern for Israel, which fears the presence of Hezbollah, a Lebanese militant group, and Iran in the region that is known as “Triangle of Death.”

Previously, Israel would not allow the SAA to reach near the vicinity of their border, however the Israelis have a non-aggression agreement in place with Russia to avoid any potential conflicts on the border.

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