IAF bombs Syrian target in response to mortar fire

Israel’s policy is to respond to any attack stemming from Syria – whether intentional or not.

Israel’s Air Force (IAF) attacked a military position used by the Syrian army in the Golan Heights on Monday night in response to a mortar round fired from Syria into Israel.

The mortar round exploded in an open space adjacent to the border fence, causing no damage or injuries.

The target attacked was a mortar position, the IDF said.

“The IDF views the Syrian regime as responsible for all events occurring in its territory, and will not tolerate any harming of Israel’s sovereignty and the security of its citizens,” an IDF spokesman stated.

In the past weeks there have been several incidents of fire spilling over from the Syrian civil war into Israeli territory.

Opposing factions in Syria’s civil war have been battling heavily in the Kuneitra area adjacent to Israel’s northern border.

While Israel has refrained from intervening in the Syrian conflict, the IDF has responded to stray fire from Syria with artillery shelling or an air strike against Syrian army or rebel positions, in most cases targeting the source of fire.

By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News