IDF carries out airstrikes in Syria in response to mortar fire into Golan Heights

Third airstrike carried out since Saturday; Mortar fire result of fighting between rebel forces and Syrian Army close to Quneitra

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet (Reuters)

 

The IDF carried out airstrikes in Syria Wednesday night in retaliation for mortar fire into Israeli territory for the third time since Saturday.

Stray projectiles landed in the Golan Heights from fighting between Assad’s regime and rebel forces close to Israel’s border, the Israel Air Force carrying out airstrikes on Syrian Army targets in Samadania near Quneitra

No injuries or damages were reported from the projectiles.

On Sunday, the IDF retaliated to stray mortar fire from Syria into Israel. On Saturday, the IDF struck Syrian Army positions, Syrian media reporting that two were killed in Quneitra. The strikes reportedly hit a Syrian army tank, killing two soldiers. The strikes were carried out in response to numerous mortar shells landing in Israel.

Prime Minister Netanyahu responded to the second attack warning that, “Those who fire into our territory will encounter a swift response,” reiterating that the Golan Heights is Israel’s sovereign territory. He stated “We are always amazed that there is still someone who says we will return the Golan. The Golan is ours and the Golan will always be ours. The Golan is ours because it belonged to our forefathers, and because it was taken back by us due to Syrian aggression…”