Israel said it killed suspected militants allegedly trying to plant a bomb along the Syrian-Israeli border. Military officials said at least three militants were killed in an airstrike near Majdal Shams, Voice of America reported.
Ynetnews.com reported the incident took place near an abandoned Israeli military base on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights border. "A short while ago, the [Israeli military] eliminated a terror cell attempting to place an explosive device against IDF forces on Israel's border with Syria. The [Israeli military] will not accept any attempt to attack or infringe Israel's sovereignty," the Israeli military said in statement.
Terrorists armed w/ explosives along Israeli-Syrian border were en route to imminent attack on our forces. Our air force neutralized threat.
â€” IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) April 26, 2015
ARA News said the four were spotted by Israeli troops. Iran's Press TV reported four people were killed in the strike.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Twitter Israel will meet any efforts to harm its soldiers with force.
כל ניסיון לפגוע בחיילינו או באזרחינו ייתקל בתגובה נחושה כמו בפעולת צה"ל הלילה שסיכלה ניסיון פיגוע >>
â€” בנימין נתניהו (@netanyahu) April 26, 2015
Israel has tried to stay out of the Syrian conflict, which erupted in 2011, but it occasionally spills over the border before with mortar fire. Israel has pledged to take action if it looked like Syria was attempting to transfer weapons to Hezbollah.
Last week, Israel reportedly hit a convoy of long-range missiles headed for Hezbollah along the Syrian-Lebanese border. Al-Arabiya reported the convoy hit Wednesday was carrying Scud missiles, and Al Jazeera said a subsequent strike Friday hit positions belonging to the Syrian army and Hezbollah in the al-Qalamoun region, causing casualties.
"We will not allow advanced arms to reach terror groups, first and foremost Hezbollah, and we will go anywhere, anytime [to stop them]," Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said, according to Ynetnews.