Israel strikes Assad targets in Syria in response to earlier mortar fire

The Israeli Air Force struck regime artillery targets in Syria on Saturday in response to earlier projectile fire landing in the Israeli Golan Heights.

A mortar or a rocket from Syria landed close to the Druze town of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights. The shell did not cause any injuries or damage.

Saturday’s cross-border fire was the third such incident to take place in the space of a week. Last Sunday, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) carried out strikes on Syrian regime artillery targets after a mortar shell from Syria landed on the Israeli side of the demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights in an apparent spillover from the five-year civil war raging on just across the border.

“The IDF holds the Syrian government accountable for this blatant breach of Israeli sovereignty, and will continue to act in order to safeguard Israel,” the army said in a statement.

There were no immediate reports of injury following Israel’s retaliation.

Hours earlier, a rogue shell fired from Syria hit the central Golan Heights on the Israeli side of the border. No injuries were reported as a result of the stray shelling, though the mortar caused damage to a roadway.

Since the start of the Syrian conflict, mortar shells have exploded periodically inside Israeli territory, causing damage but no injuries.