Hamas’ fellow travellers
Qaeda Affiliate Seizes Crossing Point With Golan Heights
Fire and smoke rose from the Syrian village of Quneitra on Wednesday, as seen from the Golan Heights, after a battle in which Islamist opposition fighters in Syria took control of the Quneitra crossing point. ALAN COWELLAugust 27, 2014 LONDON —
After a lengthy campaign culminating in fierce clashes, Islamist opposition fighters in Syria, including members of an Al Qaeda affiliate, took control of the Quneitra crossing point on the demarcation line with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, activists said on Wednesday.
The move could bring Islamist forces within 200 yards of territory controlled by Israel; the status of a United Nations force that is supposed to monitor the crossing point was unclear. An activist in the area, contacted by Skype, said a coalition of Islamists, including members of the Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, opened an assault on the crossing early Wednesday.