On June 18, an explosive device blast injured two Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers in al-Quneitra near the separation line with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
The device was planted inside an observation post of the SAA located near the remains of al-Quneitra’s old hospital, which was destroyed by the Israeli military during the war of 1973. When the soldiers entered the post, the device blew up.
“A Russian military vehicle moved the wounded regime fighters to nearby hospitals,” the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a report.
The post, which is located less than 200 meters away from the separation line, is frequently visited by senior SAA officers and Hezbollah commanders.
A day earlier, Israeli battle tanks shelled an SAA post in the town of al-Qahtaniyah, around 150 meters away from the separation line. The post was also frequently visited by Hezbollah commanders, namely Munir Ali Naeem Shaito also known as “Jawad Hashim” and “Haj Hashim”.
The Israeli military warned SAA service members in al-Quneitra, especially those serving in the ranks of the 1st Corps, against collaborating with Hezbollah in leaflets dropped recently near the separation line.
According to Israeli and Syrian sources, the Israeli military was behind the explosive device which wounded two SAA soldiers. The attack was likely a warning to Hezbollah.
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