Assad's Forces Recapture Golan Crossing

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Syrian troops regained control of the Quneitra Crossing by midday Thursday, after rebel forces took temporary control of the area earlier in the day.

It was the first time since the start of Syria's civil war that rebel forces appeared to have captured Quneitra, the only border crossing between Israel and Syria, on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

Israeli residents in the area could hear the heavy battles raging between Assad's army and rebel forces Thursday morning as the Israel Defense Forces closely monitored the fighting.

The IDF slightly increased its presence in the Golan in view of the current realities, Israel Radio reported on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Assad's forces captured Qusair near Syria's border with Lebanon, calling it "a clear message…to the Zionist enemy and its agents in the region and tools on the ground."

Meanwhile, the Pentagon said U.S. Intelligence spotted three Russian ships suspected of transporting weapons to the Assad regime, which officials say may include components of S-300 anti-missile batteries.

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