Israel Strikes Syrian Targets After Second Day of Stray Fire

Michele Moreno
June 26, 2017

Israel says it has targeted Syrian military installations after shells landed in the occupied Golan Heights but a Syrian military source says the Israeli strikes killed some civilians.

The IDF confirms it carried out retaliatory strikes on Syrian military targets, hours after a number of mortars from the war-torn country exploded inside Israel, the second such exchange in two days.

Earlier this morning (Sunday), Netanyahu also addressed Israel's attack on Syria last night after fighting spilled over into the Golan Heights. The source did not mention Syrian fire into Israel and said the Israeli strike was in support of jihadist rebels.

"In response to several Syrian projectiles launched towards Israel, IDF targeted 2 Syrian regime artillery positions & an ammunitions truck", the IDF wrote.

Syria's state-run media SANA reported that the army repelled an attack from al-Qaeda linked rebels near Baath city when the "Israeli enemy" attacked, causing damage to buildings and unknown casualties.

Intense fighting has rocked the Quneitra province of Syria, adjacent to the Golan Heights, since rebels there launched an attack on Saturday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the strikes "once again made our policy clear: We are not willing to accept any spillover or leakage of fire from any front".

Syria descended into war in 2011, when President Bashar al-Assad deployed government troops to quash anti-government demonstrations in several areas of the country.

Opposing factions in Syria's civil war have been battling heavily in the Kuneitra area adjacent to Israel's northern border, and the fire that hit Israel is estimated to be stray. "We will respond strongly to any firing at our territory", he stated. The former military official Yaalon last month told reporters that the Islamic State group had also recently apologized to Israeli military forces after unintentionally attacking them along the Syrian border.

Other reports by Insurance News

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