The IDF came under cross-border fire from Syria on Friday evening, after Syrian
artillery shells and light weapons fire were directed at a border patrol on the
Israel hit back with a missile strike on the Syrian army
position from which the fire stemmed.
“We identified an accurate strike,”
an IDF representative said.
There were no injuries among Israeli military
personnel. It remains unclear if there were any injuries on the Syrian
The army later informed the United Nations of the
Fighting from the Syrian civil war has spilled over into
Israeli territory on a number of occasions.
Earlier this month a mortar
shell fired from Syria hit the Golan Heights near Tel Fares.
the incident, the IDF fired tank shells at the source of shots. That target was
accurately struck too, the IDF said.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon
toured the Syrian border on April 2, and vowed that Israel would not tolerate
any cross-border fire.
“Whether through Grad rocket fire from over the
border, whether it is intended to hit our territory or not, we respond in order
to silence the source of the fire,” he said.
He also warned that Israel
would act to prevent the proliferation of weapons “that could threaten us in the
future” to radical elements in Syria.