Watch – Israel strikes Syria in response to rockets – 3 Iranian-sponsored troops eliminated, 7 wounded
Three Iranian-sponsored Syrian soldiers were eliminated and seven wounded in Israeli strikes, hours after two rockets were fired from Syria at northern Israel.
The IDF confirmed that it had struck a number of military targets in Syria in retaliation for the rocket fire. It said planes and helicopters struck a number of targets, including two artillery batteries, a number of observation and intel posts near the border, and an SA-2 air defense battery.
“Last night, two rockets were launched from Syria to Israel, one landing within Israeli territory. In response, we struck a number of Syrian Armed Forces military targets”, the IDF tweeted.
Syrian state media said rockets were fired by Israel into the province of Quneitra, which borders Israel. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights meanwhile reported that the strike had targeted Iranian and Hezbollah forces.
According to Arab reports, three Syrian soldiers had been killed and seven injured in the attack.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
“Yesterday I held security consultations in wake of the firing at the Golan Heights in which I instructed the IDF to take strong action.
We will not tolerate firing at our territory and will respond with great force to any aggression against us.
This has been my consistent policy and this is what we will continue to do for the security of Israel.”
Two rockets were fired on Saturday from Syria towards the Golan Heights causing no casualties, the IDF said.
According to initial assessments, the fire did not emanate from an anti-tank missile and was not mistakenly aimed at Israel. The army also determined that it was not errant fire spilling over from internal fighting in Syria, as has sometimes been the case in similar incidents. This assessment is based on the fact that there currently aren’t any massive exchanges of fire in Syrian territory close to the border with Israel.
One of the rockets struck an unpopulated area near a military outpost on Mount Hermon, while the other fell short and exploded in Syria.
Earlier this week, Syrian anti-aircraft systems fired at an IAF fighter jet during a routine flight in northern Israel. The anti-air projectile landed in Syrian territory and the mission was completed as planned.
In response, the IAF targeted the launcher. An SAA officer was killed and another two wounded in retaliatory strikes near Khan Arnabeh, in the Quneitra area near the Golan border.