Israel strikes in Syria after three rockets land in Golan Heights
Israel’s air force targeted Syrian army artillery positions in the central Golan Heights on Tuesday night after three projectiles landed in Israel earlier in the day.
Three projectiles from Syria fell inside the Israeli Golan Heights earlier in the latest incident of spillover from Israel’s war-torn neighbor. No injuries were reported.
The first projectile of the day fell around 1400 GMT. About an hour later the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed that two more fell inside Israeli territory.
Tuesday’s projectiles marked the sixth such incident of cross-border fire to take place in the just over a week.
The latest projectile fell hours after the IDF said earlier in the day that the Syrian army fired two surface-to-air missiles at Israeli military aircraft in response to overnight strikes in the Golan Heights, but denied claims its aircraft had been shot down.
The Syrian Arab News Agency’s website published the Syrian Army’s statement—in Arabic, English and in Hebrew—on the completely bogus story of the hit IDF planes.
“The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces announced on Tuesday that the Israeli enemy’s air force attacked a Syrian military position in the countryside of the southern Quneitra province … The General Command said in a statement the Syrian air defense forces responded to the attack and shot down an Israeli warplane to the southwest of Quneitra and an Israeli drone to the west of Sa’sa’ town in the southwestern countryside of Damascus. It noted that the Israeli attack came in support of the armed terrorist groups and in a desperate attempt to raise the deteriorating morale of their members due to the heavy losses they have suffered in Quneitra.”
Similar reports have surfaced on Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese media network Al Mayadeen.
The IDF confirmed it had been shot at but said the aircraft were not near the source of fire nor in any danger.
“Two surface-to-air missiles were launched from Syria after the mission overnight to target Syrian artillery positions,” military spokesman Arye Shalicar said. “At no point was the safety of IDF aircraft compromised.”
Meanwhile the IDF conducted a war-time evacuation drill in the western Galilee.
Since the start of the Syrian conflict, mortar shells have exploded periodically inside Israeli territory, causing damage but no injuries.
The IDF holds the Syrian regime, led by President Bashar al-Assad, responsible for any aggression coming from its territory.