Israel strikes Syrian Army target after firing mortar shell at Israeli Golan Heights

 

When the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, the Golan Heights became tense with a growing number of rockets & mortar rounds, mostly stray, hitting the Israeli side, prompting the IDF to respond.

By i24news

 

The Israeli Defense Forces on Monday carried out a strike in the Syrian Golan Heights in retaliation to mortar fire that landed on the Israeli side of the border, the IDF said in a statement.

A picture taken in January shows the Nimrod Fortress in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights – Photo: JALAA MAREY/AFP

Earlier in the day a mortar shell landed in an open area near the security fence in the central Golan Heights. No injuries were reported.

The IDF said that they targeted a launcher belonging to the Syrian army in the strike.

Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, the Golan Heights have been tense, with a growing number of mostly stray rockets and mortar rounds hitting the Israeli side, prompting the occasional armed response.

In addition to retaliatory strikes, Israel acknowledged for the first time earlier this year that it has also carried out strikes against suspected arms transfers to Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometers of the heights in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.

 

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