Israel kills seven militants amid tensions on Syria's border

UN peacekeepers return after 4 years to Israel-occupied Golan Heights near Syria

Israel says Assad back in charge, Syrian front likely to be quieter

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's sweeping away of rebels in southwestern Syria has anxious Israel, which believes it could allow his Iranian backers to entrench their troops close to the frontier.

Russia's Defence Ministry says United Nations peacekeepers returned on Thursday to patrol the frontier between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights for the first time in years - Moscow's latest achievement in efforts to negotiate a solution to the crisis along the volatile border. Lieberman reiterated Israel's demand that Iran not set up military bases against it in Syria, and that Syria not be used to smuggle arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov told Channel 10 in Israel Russia can not compel Iranian forces to leave Syria because they are playing a crucial role in defeating "terrorists".

Because of the recent Syrian government offensive, there are now Islamic State forces "scattered in the area", Conricus said.

A spokesman for Russia's defense ministry said Russian troops will only maintain patrols until the region is stabilized.

Asked whether Israel should be less wary of possible flare-ups on the Golan - much of which it seized from Syria in a 1967 war and annexed in a move not recognised overseas - Lieberman said: "I believe so".

The move comes as Russian Federation continues to become more involved in Middle Eastern affairs after its military backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Syrian air defenses have destroyed a "hostile target" near the capital Damascus, state media say.

That message was conveyed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Russian President Vladimir Putin when they met in Moscow last month, a senior Israeli official said. The two sides discussed a Russian proposal that would see any forces linked to Iran distanced some 100 kilometers (62 miles) away from the Golan Heights.

Conricus said the Israeli military targeted with a military aircraft and killed seven "armed terror operatives" who had attempted to cross into Israeli territory late Wednesday.

He said Israel will not accept any changes to the 1974 deal or the presence of any Syrian troops or allied militias inside the disengagement zone.

"When the Syrian forces with all their supporters are trying to capture the areas close to the borders we can expect more mistakes and more friction with us".

Since Israel started its operation "Good Neighbor" in 2013 the IDF delivered tons of food, medicines and other humanitarian aid goods in Syria and has provided medical treatment to thousands of Syrians including 600 children who came to Israeli hospital accompanied by their mothers.

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