IDF strikes Syrian army post following mortar shells falling on Golan

Army responds to Syrian mortar shells falling on Golan Heights; No injuries or damage reported.

August 17, 2013 22:57
Smoke rises from shell explosions in the Syrian village of al-Jamlah.

Shell explosion in Syria 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

The IDF fired a Tamuz surface-to-surface missile at a Syrian army post on Saturday, after several Syrian mortar shells exploded in the Golan Heights.

The Tamuz - a guided missile - accurately struck its target.

Earlier on Saturday, Syrian shells fell in open areas on the Golan Heights, near the Israeli-Syrian border. No injuries or damages were reported.

Israel submitted an official complaint to the UN over the mortars, an army spokesman said.

Intense battles between Syrian rebels and Assad regime forces occurred near the border throughout Saturday. Over ten injured Syrian civilians were evacuated to Israeli hospitals in the North for treatment over the weekend.

In May,  the IDF fired a Tamuz missile at a Syrian army post following two incidents of gunfire directed at Israeli soldiers.

The missile struck its target, reportedly hitting two Syrian soldiers manning a machine gun nest.

Earlier that month, two Syrian mortar shells slammed into Mount Hermon, marking the first time that the area had been hit since the onset of the Syrian civil war.

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