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Ambulance lynching reveals Israel's secret war in Syria

By Assaf Uni 7/1/15 at 1:01 PM


On 22 June, the tension on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights, a mountainous plateau that the country shares with Syria after occupying most of it in 1967, boiled over into violence. First an Israeli military ambulance was stopped in the village of Horfeish by a mob demanding to inspect its patients. Rocks were thrown and a man was reportedly injured as the ambulance sped away having refused to open its doors.

That night, a second ambulance went through the village of Majdal Shams, but this time the mob was more determined. The road was blocked, the ambulance's windows smashed, and, after a short pursuit to a neighbouring Israeli village, the patients dragged out. The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) soldiers attempting to protect them were beaten, and the two wounded men being transported were attacked with sticks and chains in what has been described as a lynching. One was killed and another is in a critical condition.

The mob was made up of members of Israel's Druze community, a small monotheistic religion that derives from Shia Islam. The men they attacked were Syrians injured fighting in the country's bloody and chaotic civil war, whom the Druze suspected of being members of Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, because they had beards.

Israel denies these two were Nusra fighters, but who exactly they were fighting for touches on one of the most sensitive questions in the Middle East today. Is Israel co-operating with Islamist rebels in the Golan Heights in the war against Assad? If so, how? Why? With what groups?

Since the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, many observers believe Israel has been bombing arms shipments from Iran, Assad's ally, as they've passed through Syria en route to Hezbollah in Lebanon. But Israel denies supporting any side in the brutal conflict.

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I know a lot of people have considered this and just dismissed it as conspiracy theory. But the constant bombing of Hezbollah targets fighting terrorists in Syria, Al Nusra front fighting for position in the Golan heights and this makes it sound less like a conspiracy theory everyday.
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