IAF strikes Syrian weapon sites in response to mortar fire

The strikes came after a Syrian mortar shell exploded in the northern Golan Heights.

September 8, 2016 03:02

AN IAF F-15 takes off from the Uvda Air Force Base in southern Israel.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The Israel Air Force on Thursday struck a number of targets in Syria in response to an earlier Syrian mortar shell that exploded in the northern Golan heights on Wednesday evening, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit.

No injuries or damage was reported in the earlier incident.

The strikes targeted rocket launchers located in parts of the Syrian-occupied parts of the Golan Heights, which are under the authority of the Syrian government. 

The IDF said that it holds the Syrian government responsible for the incident and "anything that happens on its territory" and ""will not permit any attempt to threaten Israel's sovereignty or the safety of its people."

Since the civil war in Syria erupted in 2011, mortar fire has sporadically landed on the Israeli side of the border.

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