Israeli jets strike Assad targets in the Golan Heights
Israeli fighter jets early on Tuesday targeted Syrian regime’s rocket launchers in retaliation for latest spillover of the military action to Israel’s territory.
A projectile launched from Syria landed on the Israeli side of the border in the Golan Heights region, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said Monday, in the fourth such incident of cross-border fire to take place in the space of a week.
The IDF spokesman said that the attack is in retaliation for a mortar shell hitting a kibbutz about a kilometer from the Israeli-Syrian border in the northern Golan Heights, earlier on Monday evening.
No injuries were reported in the latest incident, which came just hours after a fragile truce entered into force across neighboring Syria, except in jihadist-held areas.
The IDF has said that it holds the Syrian regime, led by President Bashar al-Assad, responsible for any aggression coming from its territory.
Since the start of the Syrian conflict, mortar shells have exploded periodically inside Israeli territory, causing damage but no injuries.
Israel has several times retaliated by firing targets belonging to the Syrian regime on the Syrian side of the Golan.
Earlier on Monday, Golan Regional Council head Eli Malka rejected the notion that the mortars exploding in Israeli territory were “spillovers” from the Syrian war.
“There is no difference between deliberate firing and spillover. The mortar is the same mortar and it poses a risk to human life,” he said.
“It is the responsibility of the Defense Minister and the IDF to convey a clear message to all parties on the other side of the border that each mortar explosion will be considered intentional firing towards Israel and the IDF will respond strongly,” added Malka.