Israeli air force strike Syrian military positions over rebel stray shelling

23 October, 2017, 06:00 | Author: Brenda Erickson

Israel occupied parts of the Golan Heights in the 1967 regional war and now considers the territory its own, though Syria continues to oppose the Israeli presence.

Sources in the IDF believe that the "accidental" Syrian fire Israel has suffered in recent days is actually targeted fire, Channel Two reported over the weekend.

In a statement, the Syrian army said the Israeli attack was on a Syrian military position in the Quneitra Countryside and caused "material damage".

"The general command of the military and armed forces renews its warning of the risky repercussions of such hostile activities and holds Israel completely responsible for their consequences", regime forces said in a statement.

But the Israeli army said it would retaliate against the Syrian army, regardless of who was responsible for any fire and of whether it was deliberate or unintentional.

"In response to the projectiles that hit Israel, the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) targeted three artillery cannons of the Syrian regime in the Syrian Golan Heights", it said.

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Illustrative: Israeli artillery on high alert after they responded to several rockets hitting the Mount Hermon Resort, in the Golan Heights, northern Israel, January 27, 2015.

The statement claimed that "the Israeli aggression" came after "terrorists had launched mortar shells" at Israel "to give the Israeli enemy a pretext to carry out its aggression".

"The continuation of the shelling will be confronted by an escalation in the Israeli response", he warned.

In one rare incident, Israel's Air Force (IAF) struck an anti-aircraft battery deep in Syria after it had opened fire on Israeli jets flying over Lebanon.

Syria over the weekend complained to the United Nations about the Israeli strike, demanding that the world body take action against "Israeli aggression". The "continued acts of aggression", Syria said, could have "dire consequences".

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