Israeli forces targeted Syrian military positions after stray mortar fire hit an unpopulated area in the occupied Golan Heights on Sunday.
Tel Aviv released a statement saying that it had struck Syrian artillery during an airstrike in Syria’s Golan Heights after mortar fire from Syria hit an open area, without causing any injuries.
The English-language statement said: “In response to mortar fire earlier today, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) targeted cannons of the Syrian regime in the northern Syrian Golan Heights”
Press TV reports:
Following the incident, Israeli military spokesman Peter Lerner tweeted that the Syrian government must be held accountable for the shelling.
Tel Aviv has targeted the region several times in recent years.
On August 22, Israeli jets carried out an airstrike in the area, again claiming that the attack was in retaliation for stray fire from Syrian fighting factions that landed inside Israel.
Syria says Israel and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri militant groups operating inside the Arab country. Moreover, the Syrian army has repeatedly seized huge quantities of Israeli-made weapons and advanced military equipment from the foreign-backed militants inside Syria.
Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria after the 1967 Six-Day War and later occupied it in a move that has never been recognized by the international community.