Syrian army announces new Israeli strike on military positions in Syria

Elias Hubbard
October 21, 2017

The Israeli said on Twitter it "holds the Assad regime responsible & won't tolerate any attempt to breach Israeli sovereignty or threaten Israeli civilians' safety", and warned that more incidents would lead Israel to "intensify its response".

In response to this morning's (Saturday) spillover rockets launched into Israel from Syria, the IDF targeted and destroyed three Syrian artillery cannons inside Syrian territory.

But the Israeli army said it would retaliate against the Syrian forces, regardless of who was responsible for any fire and of whether it was deliberate or unintentional.

The Israeli attack is the latest in a string of similar moves that have targeted Syrian military posts on the pretext that the targeted areas contain Hezbollah-bound weapons.

No one was injured by the rockets which landed in open spaces. It reported no casualties.

Israel has sought to avoid becoming directly involved in the six-year civil war in Syria, although it has systematically responded to fire across the armistice line on the Golan.

Thursday's flareup came after Israeli jets bombed an anti-aircraft battery near Damascus earlier in the week which had fired on an Israeli plane.

Israeli soldiers take positions near the border between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, as seen from the Syrian village of Beer Ajam, in the Quneitra Governorate, July 10, 2016.

Speaking shortly after the sirens, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Israel had "all the tools needed to deal" with the challenge of Iran in Syria, one of the strongest backers of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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