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Violence hits Druze village Hader in Syria's Quneitra

04 November 2017

The military said forces brought back some who managed to cross over. That terror act proved to be the opening for a gunbattle between Khader residents and Syrian army troops, and Syrian rebel groups from the Nusra front Jihadist terrorist rebel group in the long-running Syrian civil war.

The SANA report said that Israeli forces closed all the roads from occupied Palestinian territories to prevent the arrival of hundreds of Arab citizens in the Golan Heights to support the people in Hader.

Syrian state news agency SANA had earlier reported that least six people were killed and 21 wounded in the attack, while the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at seven and said 23 people were wounded.

State news agency SANA said the vehicle bomb hit the outskirts of the village of Hader, which lies near the disengagement line that divides the Syrian-controlled part of the Golan from that occupied by Israel.

"In the aftermath of the terrorist attack, terrorist groups carried out a heavy attack on Hader, and army units and the Popular Defence units (pro-government militants) clashed with the attackers", it added.

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The agency said the toll can rise as a number of injured are in serious condition and the ongoing clashes in the town make it hard to remove the injured to safety.

Opposed to the Syrian regime, the jihadist group is the dominant faction in the northwestern rebel-held province of Idlib. They were assisted by units of the Syrian army.

"The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) is prepared and ready to assist the residents of the village and prevent damage to or the capture of the village Hader out of commitment to the Druze population", the military said in a statement.

The Israeli army on Friday expressed its readiness to help residents of a Syrian Druze village in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that has been rocked by recent clashes between the Syrian regime and armed opposition groups. "We are also maintaining our admiration for our Druze brothers".

The policy has been controversial, and in 2015, members of the country's Druze minority attacked two ambulances transporting Syrians, killing one and injuring another.

Violence hits Druze village Hader in Syria's Quneitra