Israel Strikes Syrian Regime Targets After Errant Mortar Fire Hits Golan Heights

Israeli jets target Syrian regime launchers in direct response to the spillover, reportedly wounding four Syrian soldiers. This is the second such incident this week.

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Stray mortar shell lands in Israel's northern Golan Heights.Credit: Gil Eliyahu (Archive)

The Israel Air Force struck Syrian regime targets on Thursday, the Israeli military announced, hours after mortar fire from the Syrian military errantly spilled into the northern Golan Heights.

An Israeli plane fired at least three missiles into the northern Queintra countryside, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Syrian military sources said four soldiers were injured in the attack and a mortar launcher was destroyed.

The Israeli military said fighters jets targeted Syrian regime mortar launchers in direct response to the mortar fire. The statement added that Israel Defense Forces holds the Syrian regime responsible for all that happens in its territory.

This is the second incident of its kind this week. On Sunday, Israeli forces attacked artillery belonging to the Syrian government in response to a shell that exploded in the Israeli Golan Heights. No injuries or damage were reported in the explosion that took place in an open field in Israeli territory.

The IDF believes that the shell that exploded in the central Golan Heights was fired into Israeli territory by mistake.

A similar incident took place two weeks ago. Israel responded by attacking Syrian military targets near Quneitra.

DPA contributed to this report.