Up to 10 reported killed as Israel retaliates for Syrian missile attack

Israel attacked a number of Syrian targets overnight on Sunday.

By David Isaac, World Israel News 

Israel hit a number of military targets in Syria overnight on Sunday in retaliation for two rockets fired at Israel’s Mt. Hermon on Saturday.

“Fighter planes and helicopters of the IDF attacked a number of military targets belonging to the Syrian army, among them two artillery batteries, a number of observation and intelligence posts on the Golan Heights front and an air-defense system of the SA-2 type,” the IDF reported.

Ten people were killed in the Israeli airstrikes, three Syrian soldiers and seven Hezbollah and Iranian forces, reports the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, an independent watchdog group based in London.

Syrian state media reports only three killed and seven wounded.

The Israel Defense Forces says it has no information about casualties on the other side. It released a video on Twitter showing one of its missiles striking a target.

The area of the attack was to the south and southwest of Damascus.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered the attack in a statement on Sunday.

“Yesterday I held security consultations in wake of the firing at the Golan Heights in which I instructed the IDF to take strong action,” the prime minister said.

“We are not prepared to tolerate firing at our territory and will respond with great force to any aggression against us. This has been my consistent policy and this is what we will continue to do for the security of Israel,” he said.

Sites of the Israeli air strikes (IDF)