IDF strikes Syrian army vehicle after errant fire in Golan
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IDF strikes Syrian army vehicle after errant fire in Golan

5 reportedly injured, vehicle destroyed as Israel hits pro-Assad forces in retaliation for another spillover from civil war

A picture taken from the Israeli side of the border shows smoke rising near the Israeli-Syrian border on June 24, 2017. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)
A picture taken from the Israeli side of the border shows smoke rising near the Israeli-Syrian border on June 24, 2017. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Israeli forces fired on Syria after several projectiles hit the Golan Heights on Sunday, the army said, in the second such exchange in two days.

The military “targeted two artillery positions and an ammunitions truck belonging to the Syrian regime,” a statement read, noting the army had also ordered Israelis to keep away from open areas near Quneitra, where internal fighting was heavy.

The IDF reportedly injured five people in the retaliatory airstrike on Sunday.

According to reports in Arab media, the army fired at targets in Quneitra affiliated with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Syrian sources also said the IDF strike destroyed an armored vehicle belonging to the Syrian army.

The shells from Syria were described by the IDF earlier as spillover fire from the civil war.

The army said the shells hit an open field and caused no injuries or damage.

It was the seventh such incident in a week and came as fighting between Assad’s regime and the numerous rebel groups in southern Syria has been escalating.

On Saturday, 10 errant mortar shells landed in the Golan, prompting retaliatory Israeli airstrikes on military positions in southern Syria that reportedly killed two soldiers.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned Saturday night that the regime would continue to “suffer the consequences” of any attack on Israel emanating from its territory.

Israel, he said, had “no intention of accepting challenges to our sovereignty and threats to our security, even if they are caused by ‘spillover’” from Syrian infighting.

“We will respond strongly, resolutely and with levelheadedness to any such case,” he said. “As far as we are concerned the Assad regime is responsible for what occurs in its territory and will continue to suffer the consequences if such events recur.”

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