Israel to protect Syria village

Earlier on Friday a auto bomb exploded on the town's outskirts, killing nine people, according to Syrian state media, which also reported clashes in the area.

The bomb attack was followed by Rockets and gunfire in Hadher, close to the Israeli-held Golan Heights, a Reuters report said, adding the number of casualties was expected to rise.

The Druze village of Hadar is aligned with the Syrian government, creating an unusual scenario if Israel does indeed deploy forces to defend it as Syria and Israel are bitter enemies.

Hader is a majority-Druze village and has been attacked in the past by rebel and jihadist groups.

"The IDF is ready and prepared to assist the residents of the village, and will prevent the harming or the conquering of the village of Hadher our of deep commitment to the Druze population".

The IDF said that it viewed the entry into Syria as a "serious security violation", and that soldiers had entered Syria in order to bring the Israeli Druze back.

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Hader, a town just inside Syrian territory, is reportedly being targeted by the Nusra Front, formally known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham.

The agency said the death toll was expected to rise because a number of those wounded in the bombing were in serious condition and the ongoing assault on the town made it hard to remove the injured to safety.

It was reported that the resident of the Druze village in the Golan Heights was treated.

The statement reflects ongoing pressure on Israeli leaders from the Druze communities in the Galilee and on the Golan to help their coreligionists across the border who are often caught in the crossfire between Sunni rebels and Alawite and Shiite pro-government forces. They were assisted by units of the Syrian army.

The Syrian government has repeatedly accused Israel of supporting the rebels in Quneitra, which is adjacent to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The policy has been controversial, and in 2015, members of the country's Druze minority attacked two ambulances transporting Syrians, killing one and injuring another. "We are also maintaining our admiration for our Druze brothers".

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