Israel strikes in Syria after three projectiles land in Golan Heights
Menahem Kahana (AFP/File)
Israel's air force targeted Syrian army artillery positions in the central Golan Heights on Tuesday night after three projectiles landed in Israel earlier in the day.
Three projectiles from Syria fell inside the Israeli Golan Heights earlier in the latest incident of spillover from Israel's war-torn neighbor. No injuries were reported.
The first projectile of the day fell around 1400 GMT. About an hour later the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed that two more fell inside Israeli territory.
Tuesday's projectiles marked the sixth such incident of cross-border fire to take place in the just over a week.
The latest projectile fell hours after the IDF said earlier in the day that the Syrian army fired two surface-to-air missiles at Israeli military aircraft in response to overnight strikes in the Golan Heights, but denied claims its aircraft had been shot down.
The alleged incident took place as Israeli aircraft targeted Syrian army artillery positions after a projectile launched from Syria landed on the Israeli side of the border in the Golan Heights on Monday.
A Syrian Defense Ministry statement carried by state news agency SANA claimed that regime air defenses "blocked the attack and shot down the military aircraft in (the southern province of) Quneitra and a drone."
On Tuesday, SANA reported that Syria asked the United Nations Security Council to sanction Israel over strikes in its territory.
It accused Israeli forces of supporting "armed terrorist groups" in the embattled southern territory.
The IDF confirmed it had been shot at but said the aircraft were not near the source of fire nor in any danger.
"Two surface-to-air missiles were launched from Syria after the mission overnight to target Syrian artillery positions," military spokesman Arye Shalicar said. "At no point was the safety of IDF aircraft compromised."
Syrian state television seized on the regime's claim of a successful interception, featuring a series of interviews with experts and pundits who praised use of the missiles, according to Israeli news site Ynet.
Reporters linked to the Syrian government stated on social media that the missiles were of the S-200 model, the report said.
Meanwhile the IDF conducted a war-time evacuation drill in the western Galilee.
Since the start of the Syrian conflict, mortar shells have exploded periodically inside Israeli territory, causing damage but no injuries.
While most were presumed to be stray shots, Israel has accused Syria of aiming at Israeli targets on several occasions, briefly returning fire.
The IDF has said that it holds the Syrian regime, led by President Bashar al-Assad, responsible for any aggression coming from its territory.
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Can we believe anything the Israeli government says these days? Israel has no legal right to be in the Golan Heights... they are using the war in Syria as a way to further encroach and steal land from the Syrians... they have even started demolishing homes there, just as they do In Palestine to build their illegal settlements. On top of that they are drilling for oil in the Golan (Dick Cheney is involved in that) and have admitted to treating wounded al-Qaeda (!!!) fighters from Syria.
If Syria fires any more missiles into Israel, it is in for a BIG surprise...Syria can be attacked from LAND, SEA OR AIR..sea to surface missiles..Israel has them...surface to surface missiles Israel has them, air to surface missiles Israel has them...last but not least,,nuclear missiles...ISRAEL HAS THEM...
So Tim, Israel can't defend itself then? How have they "further encroached to steal land"? Really? Israel captured the Golan in a defensive war against Syria in 1967. Syria refuses to sign a peace treaty so the two countries are still at war, hence Israel has rightfully retained the Golan for strategic purposes. With over 250,000 people killed over the last several years in Syria you're complaining that Israel is treating wounded fighters?? You should be applauding the fact that Israel treats its wounded enemies, regardless.
Syria can be attacked from LAND, SEA OR AIR..sea to surface missiles..Israel has them...surface to surface missiles Israel has them, air to surface missiles Israel has them...last but not least,,nuclear missiles...ISRAEL HAS THEM....... Morals? .... course not .... ISRAEL HAS US WEAPONS!
"You should be applauding the fact that Israel treats its wounded enemies, regardless. "? Elor Azaria treat one wounded enemy to a bullet in the head, Neil. The Golan legally is not Israel, but what cares Israel for laws? It's a thieving, bullying entity.
First of all, the Golan Heights is legally occupied territory based on international law and UN resolutions. Secondly, the Golan Heights is not, and has never been a part of Israel. The acquisition of territory by war is illegal, plain and simple.
Michael Farmer...you need to get your facts correct once again! Israel built it's own NUCLEAR WEAPONS.....The USA did not have any say in Israel's nuclear defence system....durghhhhhhhhhhhhh. Mickey muslim why do I always have to correct you?
Israel is victimizing neighbors, indigenous Palestinians and then to add salt to their wounds blames their victims. Israel is invading Syrian space,, working to annex part of their country and then blames them for firing a few innocuous missiles. Of course the UN should sanction Israel at the very least. When Israel was busy slaughtering 2000+ largely civilian Palestinians in walled off and blockaded by Israel at sea, 40 Jewish Holocaust survivors and 287 of their descendants signed and published a letter August 2014 in The New York Times which called for boycotting Israel.i Netanyahu & Co need to look at the man in the mirror and change.
Michael, Israel has given back over 90% of territory gained in war after peace agreements. Syria refuses to sign a peace treaty after attacking Israel in 67 so Israel can rightfully occupy that land until such treaties exist. But hey, let's just ignore the Falklands while we're at it... The rest of your ramblings is incomprehensible..
Premier Dick, I never said that Israel had US nuclear weapons! It does $2.3billion worth of FREE US conventional weaponry annually. Israel obtained its nuclears by subterfuge ... what's new. "My mind is confused by your post!"? Your mind is confused by ALL posts on here, probably your own too. "Tell me Ms PEREZ, was Abraham a palestinian?" ... no, he came from modern day Iraq! So, nearest is that he was an Iraqi. Jerusalem is NOT the capital of Israel ... go research. "They sent into Israel suicide bombers to kill innocent jews in supermarkets, bars, shops train stations, bus stations cafes..etc."? Didn't Israel send the IDF into Gaza to kill over 1400 civilians in "supermarkets, bars, shops train stations, bus stations cafes..etc."?
"Israel can rightfully occupy that land until such treaties exist. "? You know that's rubbish, Neil. Under int. law it's still Syrian land. You're assuming that I support Britain's case re. Falklands. Shall research and form an opinion. Suggest you do the same re. the Heights. Pity that you can't comprehend my post. You should concentrate.
Israel has a claim to the Golan as per defensive conquest. Article 52 of UN Charter states that a sovereignty has the right to self defence so hence territory acquired owing to a defensive war is legal. Israel has a legitimate legal claim to the Golan based on international law. In terms of territorial cessation, there must be a formal peace treaty - something Syria rejected directly after 67 way and then subsequently launched another war in 1973.