IDF shells Syrian target in response to mortar fire

The IDF shelled a Syrian military position in the Golan Heights on Sunday night in response to a mortar round fired from Syria into Israel earlier in the day.

The mortar round exploded on a road, damaging it. No one was injured in the incident.

The IDF said the target it attacked was a launcher pad.

“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.

“The Syrian government must be held accountable for this blatant breach of Israeli sovereignty. The IDF will continue to act in order to safeguard Israel,” IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner 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