U.S. calls on Israel and Syria to abide by ceasefire

Syria and Israel should abide by the long-held ceasefire as part of the 1974 Disengagement of Forces agreement, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Friday during her daily press briefing. Psaki responded to questions about skirmishes in the Syrian city of Quneitra close to the Golan Heights area. Psaki described the clashes between Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime and the rebel forces in the Golan Heights region.

"We note reports of clashes in the Golan Heights on June 6th, when rebel forces briefly took the Syrian side of the disengagement zone, crossing over - crossing near Quneitra, as you just mentioned," Psaki said. "We're also aware of reports that Syrian forces fired four mortar shells on the opposition during their counterattack which struck on the Israeli side of the disengagement zone, and an additional mortar struck a U.N. engagement - disengagement observer force compound injuring two peacekeepers from India and the Philippines."

Psaki said the U.S. urges both Syria and Israel to avoid actions that would jeopardize the ceasefire.

"We continue to call on all parties to avoid any action that would jeopardize the long-held ceasefire between Israel and Syria, and urge all parties to abide by the 1974 Disengagement of Forces agreement, and we reiterate our continued ongoing support, of course, for the (U.N. Disengagement Observer Force) forces there, as I just mentioned, and of course, are monitoring the events there very closely," Psaki said.

Psaki had no update on the chemical weapons investigation in Syria during her briefing.