IAF Retaliates for Mortar Fire on Syrian Border

A. Pe’er, Hamodia Military Correspondent

YERUSHALAYIM – The Israeli Air Force struck a Syrian target on Monday afternoon in retaliation for several mortar shells fired from Syria that fell near the border fence in the Golan Heights.

The mortar shells apparently strayed into Israeli territory, fired in the course of battles between government and rebel forces in the area, the IDF said.

B’chasdei Shamayim, there were no injuries or damage to property, as the shells landed in open areas.

At the time of the incident, the sounds of a firefight near Kuneitra could be heard on the Israeli side of the border. It was the first sign of fighting in the area after some months of quiet.

“The IDF views the Syrian regime as responsible for its territory, and it will not tolerate any attempt to harm the sovereignty and security of Israel and its residents,” the military said.