IAF strikes Syrian army posts after projectile hits Golan
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IAF strikes Syrian army posts after projectile hits Golan

No Israeli injuries caused in third such incident this week; Israel holds Assad regime responsible for all errant missile fire, regardless of source

IDF soldiers on the Golan Heights, January 21, 2015 (Basal Awidat/Flash90
IDF soldiers on the Golan Heights, January 21, 2015 (Basal Awidat/Flash90

A rocket struck the Israeli side of the Golan Heights on Saturday, the IDF said, but did not cause any injuries.

A military spokeswoman said the projectile was most likely unintentional “spillover” from the internal fighting in Syria. It was the third such incident this week.

A short time later, the Israeli Air Force struck artillery targets belonging to the Syrian army, the army said.

“The Syrian government [is] accountable for this blatant breach of Israeli sovereignty, the IDF will continue to act in order to safeguard Israel and its civilians,” it added.

The civil war in Syria has generated a number of such incidents over the years. Israel has said it will not tolerate any such spillover projectiles and holds the Syrian regime responsible for all errant fire, regardless of the source. The IDF frequently retaliates against stray missile strikes inside Israeli territory.

The Syrian Golan has been the site of intense fighting in recent years between Assad regime forces and the al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliate.

More recently, the area has seen burgeoning activity by Hezbollah and Iran’s al-Quds Force aimed at opening a new potential front against Israel in any future conflict.

Deputy Chief of Staff Yair Golan speaks with then-Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (second from the right) and Northern Command head Aviv Kochavi (right) during a visit to Israel's northern border following a Hezbollah attack the day before, on January 5, 2016. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)
Deputy Chief of Staff Yair Golan speaks with then-Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (second from the right) and Northern Command head Aviv Kochavi (right) during a visit to Israel’s northern border following a Hezbollah attack the day before, on January 5, 2016. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)

The Israeli Air Force overnight Wednesday-Thursday hit a number of rocket launchers belonging to the Syrian army after the earlier projectile struck an open area on the Israeli side of the Golan on Wednesday evening.

The shell caused no injuries or damage, after reportedly landing in an open field in Kibbutz Merom Golan.

On Sunday, a mortar round fired from Syria hit an open area on the Israeli side of the Golan demilitarized zone, causing no injuries or damage. In response, the IDF later on Sunday struck Syrian army artillery targets on the plateau.

There were similar events in July and previously.

Israel has sought to avoid being drawn into Syria’s complex war which is now in its sixth year, but it has attacked Syrian military targets when fire from the conflict spills over.

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