Israel Air Force planes on Sunday night attacked a facility in the southern Syrian Golan Heights controlled by the Jaish Khaled bin Al-Walid Army, a Salafi jihadist group active in southern Syria since May, 2016. The attack was in retaliation for a shooting by a squad of the jihadist group at an IDF force at the border.
The Jaish Khaled bin Al-Walid Army is a merger of the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, the Islamic Muthanna Movement, and the Army of Jihad, all ISIS affiliates.
The IDF released a statement saying the site attacked by the IAF is an abandoned military base which was used in the past by UN peacekeeping forces. It was being used recently as a base of operations for the jihadists, from which they launched attacks at IDF units. According to IAF estimates, four terrorists were eliminated in the airstrike on the base.
According to the IDF, the overnight attack was an extension of a Sunday attack whose purpose was “to prevent the return of terrorists to a facility that poses a fundamental threat in the region.”