IDF retaliates against Syrian regime after mortars land in Golan Heights

A military source stated that the mortar fire was likely accidental spillover from battles between Assad regime forces and rebels in Syria's civil war.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 13, 2016 23:52
1 minute read.

IDF retaliates against Syrian regime after mortars land in Golan Heights

IDF retaliates against Syrian regime after mortars land in Golan Heights

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The Israeli Air Force struck cannons belonging to the Syrian regime late Tuesday evening in response to a number of mortar rounds that fell into the Golan Heights just hours earlier, according to a military statement.

"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israel's sovereignty and security of its citizens," the statement said, adding Israel holds the Syrian government responsible for any weapons launched into its territory.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Three mortar shells from Syria landed on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights Tuesday afternoon, within the span of an hour, after a rare overnight incident in which the Syrian Army fired two surface-to-air missiles at Israeli Air Force aircraft.

No damage or injuries were reported in the incidents.

A military source stated that the mortar fire was likely accidental spillover from battles between Assad regime forces and rebels in Syria's civil war.

This is the seventh incident of Syrian mortars landing in Israeli territory in the past ten days. The IDF has responded to such spillover. even if it was expected to be accidental, with attacks against Syrian Army positions

On Monday evening, Syrian fire crossed into the northern Golan Heights as a nationwide ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia came into effect in the embattled country.



In response, the Israeli Air Force attacked cannons belonging to the Syrian regime on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

The Syrian army then claimed on Tuesday morning that it had shot down an Israeli warplane and a drone.

In a rare response to a foreign report, the IDF on Tuesday denied that any of its aircraft had been downed, but said Syrian forces had fired two surface-to-air missiles after the Israeli strike Monday night on a Syrian position.

Reuters, Yaakov Lappin and Noam Amir contributed to this report.




Related Content

July 18, 2018
Gaza group vows to continue launching flaming kites at Israel

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH