IDF tanks along the Syrian border on Golan Heights 370 (R).
(photo credit: IDF Spokesman Unit)
The IDF fired a Tamuz guided surface-to-surface missile at a Syrian army post on
Sunday morning following two incidents of gunfire directed at Israeli
The missile struck its target, reportedly wounding two Syrian
soldiers at a machinegun nest. There were no injuries or damage reported on the
Israeli side, the army said.
All work near the Golan security fence to
fortify the frontier has been temporarily suspended, the army added.
defense source told The Jerusalem Post
, “We have repeatedly clarified that we
cannot accept shootings at our forces, whether they are accidental or
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said as he took a severe view of the two shooting
incidents from Syria.
The IDF response was in line with government
policy, which holds that “every violation of Israeli sovereignty and firing from
the Syrian side will be answered immediately through the silencing of the source
of fire when it is identified,” Ya’alon said. “We see the Syrian regime as being
responsible for all violations of sovereignty.
“We won’t allow the Syrian
army or any other element to violate Israeli sovereignty by opening fire at our
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said the
Syrian shooting had placed Israeli soldiers’ lives at risk, requiring a decisive
Earlier on Sunday, gunfire from Syria was directed at IDF
soldiers stationed along the border. On Saturday night, an IDF jeep on patrol
near the border was hit by cross-border gunfire. No one was wounded, but the
vehicle was lightly damaged.
Southern Syria has seen fierce fighting
between regime forces and rebels, some of whom are radical jihadis. The rebels
gained ground last week, seizing a number of towns. It is unclear whether the
forces of President Bashar Assad have since managed to drive them
Sunday was not the first time the IDF fired a missile across the
In November, a Syrian shell exploded near an IDF outpost on the
Golan Heights – one of many similar episodes, prompting the IDF to fire a Tamuz.
It exploded near a Syrian military position, serving as a warning
The next day, the Syrians failed to heed the warnings, and a second
mortar shell exploded in Israel. That time around, the IDF directed tank fire at
two Syrian army mortar cannons, striking them directly.