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Israel claims uncovered Hezbollah cell in Golan

Hezbollah soldiers [File photo]

The Israeli occupation army yesterday claimed that it had uncovered a secret Hezbollah cell which was preparing to strike it from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, a statement reported by Israeli media said.

It added that Hezbollah kept the cell, known as the Golan File, secret from Syrian regime President Bashar Al-Assad, stating that the cell is being run by Hezbollah commanders in Beirut.

Hezbollah’s operatives mixed with local residents and started patrolling the borders from the Syrian side in order to monitor the movement of Israeli troops.

Israel, Lebanon tensions at the border - Cartoon [Latuff/MiddleEastMonitor]

Israel, Lebanon tensions at the border – Cartoon [Latuff/MiddleEastMonitor]

The operatives, Ynet News said, apparently use positions of the Syrian army to gather intelligence information, with the help of Hezbollah fighters involved in the civil war.

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“These operatives have been attempting to establish an additional terrorist front against Israel and destabilise the region over the last year,” Ynet News reported Israeli Brigadier General Amit Fisher, the commander of one of the Israeli army’s northern divisions, saying.

Haaretz said that the head of the Golan File is Ali Mussa Daqduq, known by the nickname Abu Hussein Sajid. He is a Beirut-based operative familiar to intelligence sources. He joined Hezbollah in 1983 and served in operational roles during the Israeli occupation of south Lebanon.

The Israeli newspaper also said that he went to Iraq in 2006 and led Hezbollah’s Iraqi division. In March 2007, he was detained by the Americans in Iraq over suspicion of killing five US soldiers but was released by the Iraqi government in 2012.

After his return to Lebanon, he was handed the responsibility of training special Hezbollah forces and was sent to Syria to advance the Golan File efforts.

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