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Islamists Seize Syria Crossing to Golan Heights Near Israel: Monitor

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BEIRUT – Islamist fighters including some from Al Qaeda's Syria wing, Nusra Front, have taken control of a border crossing on the line dividing Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a group monitoring the Syrian conflict said Wednesday. The fighters, who have vowed to "liberate" the area, captured the Quneitra post on the Syrian side from forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad after fierce clashes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The crossing is monitored by the United Nations, which oversees traffic between the two enemy countries but the distance between the two warring adversaries' posts is some 200 yards. In March, Israel attacked several Syrian military sites in retaliation for a roadside bombing that wounded four of its troops on the occupied Golan Heights.

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- Reuters