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Israeli soldiers have killed four ISIS gunmen after they made the first deliberate attack on Israeli forces since the beginning of the Syrian civil war.
The gunmen, who fired shots at the Israeli troops, are believed to come from a group called Shuhada al-Yarmouk, which is affiliated to ISIS, and were killed by an air strike on their vehicle.
The attack took place in the Golan Heights, a Syrian territory occupied by Israel.
Israel Defence Force spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, said the soldiers were from the Golani Brigade.
Nitzan Nuriel, a retired Israeli general, told the Daily Mail: "A direct attack like that on Israeli activities on Israeli side of border - this is the first time."
He said he was baffled by the thinking behind the attack: "They know exactly what the Israeli response would be. An Israeli front is the last thing ISIS needs at this stage."
Israeli troops in Syria. Credit: PA
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the soldiers who "successfully repelled an attempted attack on the convergence point of three borders."
He added: "Our forces are prepared on our northern border, and we won't let ISIS elements or other hostile elements use the cover of the war in Syria to establish themselves next to our borders."
Israel seized 460 square miles of the Golan Heights in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it. They have since refused to return the area to Syria.
Israel has so far avoided being drawn into the Syrian civil war, although a number of Israeli politicians have said they are happy at the instability Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has faced in the region as he is a long-time opponent of Israel.
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