BEIRUT — An Israeli airstrike killed at least two pro-government fighters in the volatile border zone in southern Syria on Wednesday, according to a report by a television station affiliated with Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia.
Al-Manar said militants allied with President Bashar al-Assad’s government had been driving near the Israeli-held Golan Heights when a “spying” aircraft from Israel fired on their car. The attack occurred near a village called Hadar that is inhabited by members of the Druze religious sect, according to the report, which gave no further details.
The Syrian government said in a statement aired on state-run TV that a pilotless Israeli plane struck a civilian car near Hadar, killing three villagers, according to the Associated Press.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported five deaths in the strike. The Britain-based watchdog, which monitors Syria’s four-year-old conflict, said two members of Hezbollah and three pro-government militiamen were slain. Militants from Hezbollah, an enemy of Israel, have teamed up with Assad’s military and pro-government militias in Syria to fight rebels in the country’s civil war.