Syria denounces Israel for allegedly killing ex-security prisoner, intelligence agent – .

Syria denounces Israel for allegedly killing ex-security prisoner, intelligence agent – .

The Syrian government condemned Israel on Saturday night for allegedly killing a Syrian intelligence agent along the border with the Golan Heights.

“The cabinet stressed in a statement that these terrorist acts will only increase the determination of the Syrian Arab people to continue to resist the occupier and to liberate the occupied Syrian Golan,” according to the official SANA news agency. .

The Syrian cabinet “condemned this cowardly criminal act,” according to the report.

Syrian media reported earlier on Saturday that the IDF shot dead a former security prisoner, who later fled to Syria, served in parliament and allegedly worked against Israel in the Syrian intelligence service in the city of ‘Ain Eltinah.

The state-run SANA news agency said Midhat as-Saleh was the target of gunfire, not an airstrike.

According to Al-Jazeera, he was shot dead by an Israeli sniper while standing near his home, near the border with Israel.

The IDF has not commented on the matter, in line with its policy of not recognizing specific actions in Syria except those in retaliation for attacks on the country.

The alleged assassination appears to be linked to Israel’s continued efforts to prevent Iran and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah from establishing a permanent base of operations on the Golan border.

As-Saleh, from the Druze village in the Golan Heights of Majdal Shams, was imprisoned in Israel for security crimes for 12 years until his release in 1997. He then crossed the Syrian border, as a member of parliament Syrian, namely at the head of the “portfolio of the Golan Heights”, according to the Syrian media.

Midhat as-Saleh (Screenshot / Channel News 13)

In recent years, he served in the Syrian intelligence service, always focusing on the country’s efforts to regain the Golan Heights, which was captured by Israel in 1967 and effectively annexed by Jerusalem in 1981.

As-Saleh has worked in the past to recruit people from Majdal Shams – a town whose residents typically do not take Israeli citizenship and who often still identify with Damascus – to serve as assets for the Syrian government and gather intelligence. in Israel.

Israel has launched hundreds of airstrikes against Iranian-linked military targets in Syria over the years – most recently on Wednesday evening, according to Syrian media – but rarely acknowledges or discusses specific details of its operations.

Israel fears Iranian entrenchment on its northern border and has repeatedly struck Iran-linked installations and weapons convoys destined for Hezbollah.

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