VIA| Four ISIS gunmen were killed today after they opened fire on Israeli soldiers in their first attack on the occupied Golan Heights.
The Israeli soldiers were targeted with machine gun fire and mortars but were unhurt and fired back.
But the gunmen – believed to come from a group called Shuhada al-Yarmouk, which is affiliated to ISIS – were killed by an Israeli air strike on their vehicle.
Israeli soldiers patrol near the village of Ma’rbah in the Golan Heights today (pictured). Today’s incident was the first time ISIS or their allies have taken on Israel, the strongest military power in the region
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on FacebookIsraeli soldiers on a tank monitor the Golan Heights today after four ISIS gunmen attacked Israeli forces in the area before being killed by an air strike
Israeli soldiers on a tank near the village of Ma’rbah, in the southern Golan Heights, today after a clash with gunmen from a group which swears allegiance to ISIS
Israel Defence Force spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, said the soldiers were from the Golani Brigade.
Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011, stray shells have hit Israel but today was the first deliberate attack on Israeli forces.
Nitzan Nuriel, a retired Israeli general, said: ‘A direct attack like that on Israeli activities on Israeli side of border – this is the first time.’
He said he was baffled what lay behind the attack and said: ‘They know exactly what the Israeli response would be. An Israeli front is the last thing ISIS needs at this stage.’