IDF responds to mortar fire from Syria with air strikes

Syrian fire lands on Israeli side of the Golan Heights.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 4, 2016 21:55
Quneitra crossing

Smoke rises following an explosion on the Syrian side near the Quneitra border crossing between the Golan Heights and Syria, August 29, 2014.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The IDF on Sunday targeted artillery launchers in Syria in response to a earlier Syrian mortar fire.

The Syrian mortar shell a few hours earlier exploded near al-Foran in the central Golan Heights. No injuries or damage was reported in the incident.

The IDF said in a statement that it held Syrian authorities responsible for all actions that take place within its borders, adding that the IDF "will not allow any attempt to affect Israel's sovereignty or the safety of its people."

A military source said that the fire was likely a spillover from the Syrian civil war.

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

Last month the Israeli Air Force attacked a Syrian missile launch site connected with the regime of President Bashar Assad after mortar fire landed on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights.


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