Shooting in Syria could mark new phase in Israeli campaign

Asia's Tech News Daily

© Provided by Al Jazeera Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed the strategic territory [File: Hamad Almakt/Reuters]

The death of a former Syrian Druze lawmaker, allegedly by Israeli sniper fire, could mark a new phase in what Israel calls its war against Iranian entrenchment in neighbouring Syria.

Midhat Saleh was fatally shot on Saturday in Ein el-Tinneh, a village along the Israeli frontier in the occupied Golan Heights where he ran a government office, Syria’s state-run news agency said.

Israeli media reported Saleh had been assisting the Iranian military against Israel.

The Israeli military declined to comment, but if Saleh was indeed killed by Israel, it would mark the first time that Israeli snipers are known to have killed someone identified as an Iranian-linked target across the boundary.

Israel has said it will not tolerate a permanent Iranian military presence in Syria and has acknowledged carrying out scores of air attacks on alleged Iranian arms shipments and military targets in Syria in recent years.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed the strategic territory, which overlooks northern Israel.

Most of the world does not recognise the annexation, though the administration of former US President Donald Trump declared the territory to be part of Israel.

Saleh was born in Majdal Shams, in the Israeli-controlled side of the Golan, and was jailed several times by Israel, most recently for 12 years until 1997.

He later moved to Syria, was elected to parliament in 1998, and served as an adviser to the government on the Golan issue.

The small Druze community living in the Israeli-controlled side of the Golan generally has good relations with Israel.

But many members still profess loyalty to Syria, in part because they have relatives on the other side.

Saleh’s loyalty

Samih Ayoub, a resident on the Israeli side of the Golan, told Israel’s Army Radio station Saleh had “no connection” to Iran or to any militia operating in the area.

“He’s just a quiet man who works in an office. They killed him next to his house,” said Ayoub.

Saleh’s brother, Yasser Saleh, a doctor in Damascus, said his brother also lived in the Syrian capital but visited the border area periodically, slept there and sometimes spoke with relatives across the frontier.

He said his younger brother had survived an earlier assassination attempt in early 2011 and remained committed to ending Israel’s control over the Golan Heights until the end.

He said his brother was survived by a wife and two children, including a son named Golan.

Message to Iran

While there was no official comment, Israeli military commentators — who are given high-level background briefings with top army brass — said Saleh was intimately involved in assisting the Iranians build up their capabilities along the Israeli front.

Iran has sent thousands of forces to Syria to back the army of President Bashar al-Assad during the country’s decade-long civil war.

“He answered directly to the Iranians,” wrote Yossi Yehoshua, a military correspondent for Yediot Ahronot, Israel’s largest paid daily newspaper.

Giora Eiland, a former Israeli national security adviser, told Army Radio that if Israel killed Saleh, it was meant to send a message to the Iranians and not connected to the past.

“I assume this was not an act of revenge,” he said. “We’re not talking about a mass murderer.”

Yoel Guzansky, a senior fellow and expert on Iran at the Institute for National Security Studies, a Tel Aviv-based think-tank, said it was not a sure thing that Israel had even been involved.

He said Saleh was not an especially valuable target and also had tense relations with Iranian proxy Hezbollah and objected to the group’s activities in the Golan.

But he said if Israel did indeed kill Saleh through an unprecedented sniper attack, it sent a powerful message to Iran and Syria about their activities near the Israeli border.

“It says that we have many ways and many techniques,” he said. “We’re watching you.”

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related


Nifty 50 goes below 17,000-mark on rising Omicron cases, fear of lockdown

© BCCL Nifty 50 goes below 17,000-mark on rising Omicron cases, fear of lockdown The Indian benchmark indices dropped nearly 2% on fears of rising Omicron cases while the market ... Read more »

Rejected by girl, UP man puts sindoor on her maang in front of groom on wedding day. Viral video

Real life incidents sometimes surpass those shown in films and this bizarre wedding that took place in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh is an apt example. During the wedding, as the bride ... Read more »

British teen attacked by crocodile had 'fully accepted she was going to lose a foot'

Watch: Teenager attacked by crocodile describes relief at not losing foot A British teenager who was attacked by a crocodile while on holiday in Zambia said she had “fully accepted” ... Read more »

Thousands of tourists arrive to La Palma during Constitution day break

Tens of thousands of tourists continue to arrive to La Palma island, to spend the long weekend of the Constitution, with the volcano Cumbre Vieja as the main tourist attraction ... Read more »

MMC director invites ‘anxious' Pinoys to in-person consultations as COVID-19 cases drop

© Provided by Interaksyon The medical director of a Makati-based hospital invited Filipinos to reconnect with their respective physicians for in-person consultations after the facility has logged zero census for ... Read more »

Lack of transparency, history of errors means Idaho should hit pause on executions

The pending decision on Gerald Pizzuto’s execution offers the state of Idaho an opportunity to reconsider its position on the death penalty. The Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole is ... Read more »

Hände weg von den SNB-Gewinnen

Die Alterung der Gesellschaft stellt gerade die Kantone vor grosse Herausforderungen. Darum muss ihr Spielraum gesichert werden, meint Ernst Stocker. © Foto: Daniel Fuchs Unsere Gesellschaft altert: Heute kommen auf ... Read more »

Tommy Fury feared to be OUT of Jake Paul fight just days before showdown with Tyron Woodley looking to take rematch

TOMMY FURY is rumoured to be out of his blockbuster showdown with Jake Paul. The social media sensations were due to collide in a Tampa tussle a week on Saturday. ... Read more »

Bob Dole, war hero, longtime U.S. senator, presidential candidate, dies at 98

1 / 4Bob Dole, war hero, longtime U.S. senator, presidential candidate, dies at 98FILE PHOTO: Bob Dole attends welcome ceremony in honor of new Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley at Joint ... Read more »

Japan's Biggest YouTuber Bought The $10,000 Gucci Xbox

© Screenshot: HIkakin TV/YouTube Hikakin holds the Gucci branded Xbox, and the words Gucci, Gucci, Goo. With over 10 million subscribers, Hikakin is Japan’s biggest YouTuber. I’m not sure which ... Read more »

PKS digesa manfaat skim transformasi teknologi sepenuhnya

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today PKS boleh menggunakan dana daripada program transformasi digital untuk beralih kepada model perniagaan baharu bagi meningkatkan kecekapan. PETALING JAYA: Perusahaan-kecil-dan-sederhana (PKS) yang sedang bergelut ... Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal get a 100 crore offer from an OTT giant for their wedding footage

© Provided by Pinkvilla Katrina Kaif is undoubtedly the most popular female star of the ones who have made a debut in Hindi cinema in this millennium, with fanbase extending ... Read more »

Bigg Boss 15: Karan Kundrra & Tejasswi Prakash confess their feelings for each other

© Provided by Pinkvilla Karan Kundrra and Tejasswi Prakash are among the most popular contestants of the reality show Bigg Boss 15. They share a great bond with each other ... Read more »

Comelec: No deadline for voluntary withdrawal of qualified candidates

© Unang Balita Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, Nov. 10, 2021. Unang Balita There is no deadline for voluntary withdrawal of certificate of candidacy (COC) among qualified candidates  for the 2022 ... Read more »

Samantha's pan Indian film with Hari Shankar & Harish titled Yashoda; Shoot begins today

© Provided by Pinkvilla Samantha’s next pan Indian film with directors duo Hari Shankar & Harish is titled Yashoda. Along with the title, the makers also announced that the shoot ... Read more »

Kareena Kapoor Khan gives a glimpse of how Saif Ali Khan pampers her; Husbands take a note

© Provided by Pinkvilla Kareena Kapoor Khan, who is quite active on social media, doesn’t miss a chance to shower love on loved ones. The Pataudi Begum is known for ... Read more »

Gesundheitsrisiko oder bessere Laune? Das bewirkt ein Solarium-Besuch

© LuckyBusiness/iStockphoto Solarium im Winter Sonne tut der Seele gut. Diesem Satz dürften die meisten Menschen zustimmen. Gerade in den Wintermonaten liegt da der Gedanke nahe, sich fehlende Helligkeit und ... Read more »

Elektrische Wärme für die kalten Monate - Zusatzheizung fürs Wohnmobil

Wo möglich, werden bereits viele Geräte im Reisemobil mit Strom betrieben. Warum also nicht auch eine elektrische Heizung? Wir stellen geeignete Wärmespender vor: Von Wasser- und Warmluftheizungen über tragbare Heizlüfter ... Read more »

Forbes 30 under 30: «Erhöht globale Visibilität»

Die neue Schweizer «Forbes»-Liste «30 under 30» ist da. Das sagt eine Preisträgerin, so bewerten Profis den Stellenwert – und so kommt man ins Ranking. Paulina Grnarova lächelt, wenn die ... Read more »

Strictly's John Whaite says he fell in love with Johannes during rhumba admitting he can ‘see how' show curse happens

JOHN Whaite has confessed he understands how the Strictly 'curse' can happen after experiencing a romantic dance with pro Johannes Radebe. The 32-year-old has opened up about his time on ... Read more »

KFC launches range of Christmas pyjamas and robe for fried chicken fans

FRIED chicken enthusiasts are in for a festive treat – as KFC is launching a range of limited edition festive pyjamas and a cosy robe. The PJs feature a merry ... Read more »

Strictly fans accuse AJ and Kai of 'cheating' in dance-off with Dan on BBC show

Fans of Strictly Come Dancing are accusing contestant AJ Odudu and dance partner Kai Widdrington of cheating on Sunday night’s dance off. The pair found themselves in the bottom two ... Read more »

Pro-Beijing Solomon Islands PM survives confidence vote, blames crisis on ‘Taiwan agents'

© Thomas Peter, AP Embattled Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare survived a no-confidence vote Monday, while accusing “Taiwan’s agents” of orchestrating recent political violence that plunged the Pacific island ... Read more »

Bitcoin price news – live: Crypto market enters ‘extreme fear' following crash panic

© Getty Images/iStockphoto bitcoin price crash crypto market.jpg LIVE – Updated at 10:29 The crypto market has entered a period of “extreme fear”, according to one metric, after the price ... Read more »

Unvaccinated Italians face tougher restrictions

© Andrew Medichini A man receives a dose of the Pfizer vaccine in Rome (AP) Italy is making life more uncomfortable for unvaccinated people as the Christmas holidays draw near. ... Read more »

Skill Up Step Up: Our £1million kickstart to get youngsters ready for work

© Matt Writtle SUSUHomepageFinale.jpg Today the Evening Standard and The Independent launch Skill Up Step Up, a joint Christmas appeal to help unemployed young people into work through sustainable jobs ... Read more »

Cincinnati has chance to be College Football Playoff's long-awaited Cinderella

Cincinnati celebrates after winning the AAC championship. AP Nobody expected Oral Roberts to reach the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament last March as a 15-seed. Nobody imagined 14th-seeded Abiline ... Read more »

Mumbai Test: New Zealand must learn from batting debacle, says Tom Latham after 372-run defeat vs India

New Zealand had very little left to salvage from the second Test after getting bowled for 62 in their first innings at the Wankhede Stadium but stand-in skipper Tom Latham ... Read more »

Dems Know the GOP Will Retaliate—They Want to Punish Boebert Anyway

Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/Getty It was inevitable, given the state of the Republican Party in 2021, that House Democrats would find themselves in this position again. For ... Read more »

Share your views on the new proposals to tackle drugs in the UK

Photograph: Northamptonshire Police/PA We would like to hear your thoughts on drug users possibly losing their passports or driving licences as a deterrent As part of a 10-year strategy to ... Read more »

Leichenfotos, Vergewaltigung, Mord: Britische Polizei unter Druck

In Grossbritannien stehen erneut zwei Polizisten vor Gericht. Der Vorwurf: Sie haben Fotos von Leichen in Chatgruppen geteilt. Es ist nur die Spitze des Eisbergs. © Foto: Dan Kitwood (Getty ... Read more »

IND vs NZ: 'Mayank Agarwal is Definitely an Asset'- Virat Kohli Lauds Indian Opener After 2nd Test

© Provided by News18 IND vs NZ: ‘Mayank Agarwal is Definitely an Asset’- Virat Kohli Lauds Indian Opener After 2nd Test Team India captain Virat Kohli has lauded opener Mayank ... Read more »

My Heathrow quarantine hotel hell, featuring tiny rooms, rude staff and cold curries

busy Heathrow, food hotel quarantine, airport bus, omicron variant, coronavirus, travel Trying to get space in a quarantine hotel felt like trying to get Glastonbury tickets. But instead of standing ... Read more »

Fears about new EU gig economy rules hit Deliveroo, Just Eat Takeaway

© Reuters/Toby Melville FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: A Deliveroo delivery rider cycles in London, Britain LONDON (Reuters) – Speculation that the European Commission is set to propose strict labour rules ... Read more »

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai records 5.66 million visits until Dec 5

© Motivate Publishing Journey of the 50th Immersive Show at Al Wasl Expo 2020 Dubai has recorded 5,663,960 visits up to December 5, since its opening on October 1. During ... Read more »

Mugi wins the Clash Royale League World Finals 2021

© Provided by Dot Esports Mugi is the new Clash Royale world champion. The Japanese player took down Egypt’s Mohamed Light 2-1 in an intense final to become the champion. ... Read more »

Boris Johnson fights off legal challenge over Priti Patel bullying claims

Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA FDA union brought judicial review after PM went against findings of his ministerial standards adviser Boris Johnson has successfully fought off a high court challenge over his ... Read more »

Tesco facing pre-Christmas strikes in pay row

© Tolga Akmen A strike at Tesco would exacerbate the UK’s ongoing supply chain disruption, which has already sparked product shortages in the wake of Brexit and Covid British supermarket ... Read more »

CYRIL RAMAPHOSA: South Africans urgently need to prioritise vaccinations

© @GautengHealth/Twitter. Nomvelo Radebe (22) from Soweto just received her jab at Bara Taxi Rank on 20 August 2021. All public vaccination sites in Gauteng accept walk-ins whether people are ... Read more »

Xavi tipped to go ‘all out' against Bayern in the UCL

© Provided by SB Nation Barcelona coach Xavi is being tipped to go “all out” against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday with the visitors needing a win ... Read more »
On you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic