Syrian mortar falls in Israel; IDF responds

Israeli forces bombed a Syrian target in retaliation to Syrian mortar fire.

By: World Israel News Staff

The IDF hit a Syrian military position in the Golan Heights on Monday in response to a mortar round fired into Israel earlier in the day that fell adjacent to the security fence.

In response, the IDF targeted an artillery piece in the area from where the fire originated in the al-Kom area, near the town of Khan Arnabah, which is controlled by the Assad regime forces.

“The IDF holds the Syrian regime accountable and will not tolerate any attempt to breach Israeli sovereignty or endanger civilians,” the IDF stated after the incident.

Opposing factions in Syria’s civil war have been battling in the Quneitra area adjacent to Israel’s northern border, and the fire that hit Israel was estimated to be stray.

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