Military strikes Syria in response to rocket fire on Golan

4 said killed in alleged Israeli drone strike in Syria; rockets fired from Lebanon

IDF doesn’t confirm attack in Quneitra; Hezbollah says it fires heavy rocket at post near Moshav Mattat; injuries reported; military shells southern Lebanon in response

Vehicle struck in alleged Israeli airstrike on Syrian side of border with Israel on December 8, 2023. (Courtesy)
Vehicle struck in alleged Israeli airstrike on Syrian side of border with Israel on December 8, 2023. (Courtesy)

Four people were killed in an alleged Israeli drone strike against a vehicle near the Syrian border in the Golan Heights, Syrian media reported Friday as Israel and Hezbollah traded fire across the Lebanese frontier, with several Israelis reported injured.

According to the Syrian pro-government Sham FM station, the strike took place in Madinat al-Baath in the Quneitra province. It published a picture purportedly showing the car that was hit in flames.

There was no comment from the IDF on the alleged attack.

However, the military did confirm that it struck targets in Syria early Friday morning, in response to rocket fire the night before.

The two projectiles had landed in open areas near Buq’ata, causing no damage.

While Israel’s military does not, as a rule, comment on specific strikes in Syria, it has admitted to conducting hundreds of sorties against Iran-backed terror groups attempting to gain a foothold in the country over the last decade.

The Israeli military says it attacks arms shipments believed to be bound for those groups, chief among them Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Additionally, airstrikes attributed to Israel have repeatedly targeted Syrian air defense systems.

A picture taken from the Israeli side of the border with Lebanon shows smoke billowing following Israeli bombardment around the southern Lebanese village of Aita al-Shaab on December 8, 2023. (Jalaa Marey / AFP)

Meanwhile, the frequent exchanges of fire continued along the Lebanese border where several rockets were fired at IDF  posts, and the Iron Dome intercepted a “suspicious aerial target” that entered Israeli airspace, triggering sirens in several communities in the Upper Galilee, the military said.

One of the posts near Moshav Mattat suffered damage in the rocket attack, and a number of injuries were reported at the scene.

Troops responded with artillery shelling at the sources of the fire and other terror targets in southern Lebanon, the military said.

The Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group claimed responsibility for the attacks and claimed that they fired a Burkan heavy rocket at the Mattat post.

Additionally, the IDF stated it carried out a drone strike on a group of armed operatives in the contested Mount Dov area on the Lebanon border overnight.

Since the Israel-Hamas war began on October 7, when thousands of terrorists massacred some 1,200 people in Israel and took some 240 hostages, Israel’s northern front on the border with Lebanon has heated up under constant Hezbollah-led attacks. Daily exchanges of fire with Hezbollah, Hamas and other terror groups are raising fears of a broader conflagration.

Thursday marked the fourth Israeli civilian death along the northern front. The 60-year-old man, identified as Eyal Uzan, was hit in his vehicle by an anti-tank missile in an agricultural field near Moshav Mattat, and was later declared dead from his wounds.

Six soldiers have also been killed along the border with Lebanon since October 7.

More than 110 people have been killed on the Lebanese side, mostly Hezbollah fighters and more than a dozen civilians, according to an AFP tally. Hezbollah has said that 79 of its members have been killed since the war’s outbreak in southern Lebanon.

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