Israel Fires at Syrian Forces Near Border for Second Consecutive Day

The tank fire was in response to a Syrian army incursion into a demilitarized zone on the border, an army spokesman says

Israeli soldiers take part in a mobile artillery exercise near the border with Syria in the Golan Heights on November 19, 2017.
Israeli soldiers take part in a mobile artillery exercise near the border with Syria in the Golan Heights on November 19, 2017. JALAA MAREY/AFP

The Israeli army fired several shells at Syrian army positions across the border from the Israeli Golan Heights on Sunday evening, the second such incident in two days.

According to the army, Syrian forces had been carrying out infrastructure work around military positions in the area of the demilitarized zone. 

The Israel Defense Forces spokesman said the Syrian forces had entered the demilitarized zone in violation of Israeli-Syrian cease-fire agreements, and the IDF fired from a tank as a deterrence in response.

On Saturday the Israeli army fired a shell as a warning shot at Syrian forces across the border, whose activity it said was also in violation of cease-fire agreements.

According to the IDF, the Syrian soldiers were attempting to fortify a military position near the Druze village of Hader in the Syrian Golan Heights.

Another incident along an already tense border occurred last week, when Israel’s Patriot missile defense system shot down a drone on the border with Syria, the IDF said.

The intercepted drone reportedly belonged to the Syrian regime and was on an intelligence-gathering mission in the border area around Quneitra. The drone then entered the demilitarized zone and flew toward Israel before being shot down.