Quantcast i24NEWS - Israel yet to respond to errant rockets fired from Syria

Israel yet to respond to errant rockets fired from Syria

An Israeli Patriot missile launcher, like this one pictured north of Eilat in November 2017, was used to intercept what the army said was a Russian-made Syrian drone over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights
Israel typically responds to errant fire by hitting Syrian government targets across the border

A missile fired from Syria landed on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights on Sunday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said, deeming it spillover from internal fighting in the country's civil war.

The projectile landed in open territory and caused no injuries or damage, the IDF said in a statement.

Israel typically responds with artillery fire against Syrian government targets near the border when errant fire lands on its territory, however the army had not notified of any reprisal by the late evening local time. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared after a previous incident in June that "we are not prepared to receive drizzle or leakage of fire from any front. We will respond by force to every firing on our territory."

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has made clear several times that Israel sees the government of President Bashar al-Assad as responsible for stray fire into the Golan.

"We will not stand idly by and allow as our sovereignty is violated or our security threatened, even if it is spillover from the fighting between the rebels and the Syrian regime," he said in a statement.

After a barrage of projecticles landed in Israel on consecutive days in late October, Liberman said Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah deliberately fired them. 

A tussle between rebels and government forces has rocked southwestern Syria, near the Israeli border, almost since the beginning of the country's civil war in 2011.


8Previous articleProtesters turn out in tens of thousands for Netanyahu anti-corruption march
8Next articleRecord number of women signing up for Israeli army's combat units