The Israeli military finally confirms long-running reports of its collaboration with the militants operating against the Syrian government, admitting that it has provided weaponsinfo-icon to them.

In an interviewinfo-icon with the British daily The Sunday Times, Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot, the Israeli armyinfo-icon's outgoing chief of staff, said the regime had given "light" weapons to anti-Damascus militant groups operating in Syriainfo-icon's Golan Heights for "self-defense."

It is the first time the Tel Aviv regime acknowledges arms supplies to the militants in Syria, after numerous emerged of the discovery of Israeli-made weapons and military equipment during clean-up operations by the Syrian army.

In September, Israelinfo-icon's Jerusaleminfo-icon Post removed an "explosive report," which revealed the Israeli military had supplied weapons and ammunition to the militants in Syria's Golan Heights. The paper later told Russiainfo-icon's RT that the report had been taken down at the request of the Israeli army's "military censor."

The Foreign Policyinfo-icon magazine reported last September that Israel had covertly sponsored at least a dozen militant groups operating in southern Syria.

Citing interviews with several militant figures, the report said that Israeli officials had given $75-per-person monthly allowances to militants and funds to their ringleaders meant to procure weapons on the black marketinfo-icon.

In return, the report added, militants were supposed to deter Hezbollahinfo-icon resistance fighters and Iraninfo-icon military advisers from the Israeli-occupied Golan.

In an interview with the New York Times earlier this week, Eizenkot said that Israel had carried out "thousands" of airstrikes in Syria in recent years.

In 2018 alone, the Israeli army dropped 2,000 bombs in Syria, he noted.

The occupying regime has been providing medical treatment to the extremist militants wounded in Syria.

In addition, Tel Aviv frequently attacks military targets inside Syria in what is considered as an attempt to prop up Takfiri terrorist outfits that have been suffering heavy defeats against Syrian government forces.

On Saturday, Syria complained to the UN about Israel's latest air raids, stressing that the "cowardly" attacks would fail to hamper its resolve to defend the country and confront its enemies.

The Syrian foreign Ministry said that the Israeli actions in Syria were no different from those of Takfiri terrorist groups such as Daesh and al-Nusra Front.