Israel Sees 'Benefits' in Assad Gains, Lieberman Says

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

Gen. Nitzan Nuriel, former head of the Counterterror Bureau at Israel's Prime Minister's office, said Israel should be on alert in the area because Syrian government troops "from now and a year from now, they will not be able to control those who are trying to attack the State of Israel from that border".

The peacekeeping mission was halted in 2014, over security concerns, amid the violence in Syria's civil war.

A series of blistering offensives backed by Moscow and Tehran has forced the rebels out of many of their strongholds, putting Assad's government back in control of almost two-thirds of the country.

Russian Federation demanded the immediate access by worldwide humanitarian entities to the Rukban refugee camp, where it is suspected that the Pentagon carries out recruitment work among civilians to make up radical groups.

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"We do not interfere or intervene in Syria's internal affairs", Lieberman said. "We will not let Iran use Syria as a base to attack us from".

The Israel Defense Forces said on Thursday it had targeted and killed seven "armed terror operatives" just 650 feet from the Israeli border on the Golan Heights.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the global community. Russian Federation promised to deploy military police to the Golan Frontier to try to prevent conflict.

Col. -Gen. Sergei Rudskoy of the Russian General Staff told reporters at a news conference in Moscow that the United Nations peacekeepers, aided by Russian forces, conducted their first patrolling mission in the area earlier in the day.

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"As the situation stabilizes, these posts will be handed over to Syrian government forces", Rudskoy told reporters.

The Syrian conflict erupted in 2011 and Russian intervention in 2015 helped to turn the tide in Assad's favour.

According to the Israel Defence Force (IDF) the men, believed to have belonged to a local Islamist rebel group affiliated to Isis, crossed into Israeli-controlled territory before 11pm.

But they entered a downward spiral in recent times when Israel intensified its bombing of military infrastructure in Syria.

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