Syria Reports One Civilian Wounded in Israeli Helicopter Strike

Reported Golan Heights attack came days after a similar attack by an Israeli helicopter on Quneitra that did not inflict casualties, according to Syrian state media

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A view of the border fence with the Syrian governorate of Quneitra, Syria, last month.
A view of the border fence with the Syrian governorate of Quneitra, Syria, last month.Credit: JALAA MAREY - AFP

An Israeli helicopter gunship opened fire on Monday on a home on the Syrian Golan Heights, wounding one person, Syrian state TV reported.

The TV said the unidentified man, reported to be a civilian, was taken to hospital for treatment following the attack on the southern Quneitra region.

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The attack came days after a similar attack by an Israeli helicopter on Quneitra that did not inflict casualties, according to Syrian state media.

Last week, Israel fired missiles toward northwest Syria, killing one person and wounding six, Syrian state media reported. 

The missiles struck locations in the northwestern towns of Haffeh and Masyaf, state TV said. Syrian air defense units responded to the missile attacks, the report said, without giving further details.

Late last month, Syria attributed an attack near Damascus to Israel, and that same night an anti-aircraft missile launched by Syria toward an Israeli jet exploded near Dimona in southern Israel. Israel’s military said the missile, which set off air raid sirens near the country’s top-secret nuclear reactor, was the result of a misfire and not a deliberate attack. Earlier in April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said Israel had carried out a missile attack near Damascus that killed at least three pro-Iranian fighters.

Israel has escalated in recent months a so-called "shadow war" against Iranian-linked targets inside Syria, according to Western intelligence sources, who say the strikes mainly target research centers for weapons development and military convoys moving missiles from Lebanon to Syria.

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