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Islamists seize border post between Syria and Israeli-occupied Golan Heights

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Islamists seize border post between Syria and Israeli-occupied Golan Heights

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Al Qaeda’s Syria wing – the Nusra Front – and other Islamist fighters have seized a border crossing on the line dividing the country from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, according to a monitoring group.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the post on the Syrian side was captured from forces loyal to President Assad after fierce clashes.

During the fighting, a stray bullet wounded an Israeli soldier in the Golan Heights. Israel said it responded with artillery fire at two Syrian army positions.

This was the latest spillover of violence in the three-year-old Syrian conflict.

The crossing is monitored by the United Nations, which oversees traffic between the two enemy countries. But there are only some 200 metres between the warring adversaries’ posts.

Israel has said the firing from the Syrian side has sometimes been deliberately aimed at its troops.