Photo Credit: Gili Eliyahu Adler/TPS
A view to Quneitra, on the northern Israeli border with Syria, Aug 9, 2018.

Syrian news outlets reported Saturday the Israel Defense Forces assassinated a Syrian lawmaker who served 12 years in an Israeli prison for terrorist activities. The report was also reported by Lebanon’s Hezbollah-linked Al Mayadeen news outlet.


Medhat Saleh, a former member of the Syrian Parliament released from Israeli prison in 1997, oversaw the Damascus government’s Golan Height portfolio during his tenure.

Saleh was allegedly a member of the Syrian Army’s intelligence division. He was accused of operating cells in Israel and at one point, attempting to abduct a Syrian pilot who had defected to Israel in the 1980s.

He was allegedly killed by sniper fire emanating from the Israeli side of the Syrian border, according to a report by the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

“SANA’s correspondent in Quneitra reported the martyrdom of the liberated prisoner Medhat Saleh Al-Saleh as a result of being targeted by the Israeli enemy with bullets while returning to his home in the Ain Al-Tineh site opposite the occupied town of Majdal Shams,” SANA’s Arabic-language news site reported.

Israel has made no comment on the report.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.