Heavy fighting reported at only Syria-Israel border crossing

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Rebels in Syria’s civil war and the country’s army are battling over the only border crossing between Israel and Syria.

The Quneitra Crossing located on the Golan Heights changed hands twice Thursday, with the rebels taking control on Thursday morning, and the army of Syrian President Bashar Assad retaking control later in the day, according to reports. The battles over Quneitra come a day after the Syrian army and Hezbollah volunteers captured the town of Qusair on the Lebanon border from the rebels after a two-week battle.

Following the retaking of Qusair, the Syrian military threatened Israel, saying in a statement that the victory sends a “clear message” to the “Zionist enemy.”

The Syrian Quneitra Crossing is located about 200 feet from an Israeli army post.

Israeli farmers in the area have been instructed to keep away from the crossing area, Ynet reported.

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