Israel attacks Syrian posts after cross-border fire

A UN officer monitors the Israel Syria border in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights

A UN officer monitors the Israel Syria border in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights

A Syrian military source said the Israeli airstrikes on the Golan Heights on Saturday coincided with a push by Nusra Front terrorists against army positions, which was aborted.

Israel's military has asked Israelis to keep their distance from the Syrian border area.

Israeli aircraft targeted three positions from which the projectiles were fired, the IDF said. Syrian media outlets report that five were killed in the attack.Israel warned today that no such incidents would be tolerated and each would be responded to.

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The army said the shells hit an open field and caused no injuries or damage.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war.

While Israel has refrained from intervening in the Syrian conflict, the IDF has responded to stray fire from Syria with artillery shelling or an air strike against Syrian army or rebel positions, in most cases targeting the source of fire.

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On Sunday, the IDF sent a complaint about the errant fire into Israeli territory to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), responsible for maintaining the ceasefire and disengagement agreement between Israeli and Syrian forces since 1974. But on Saturday, it carried out a series of airstrikes in Syria in response to similar fire.

The Syrian regime is engaged in fighting against various disparate rebel groups in the region, including Islamic State and other Islamist fighters. Said the prime minister, "We will react with force to any firing on our territory".

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened to destroy Syrian air defense systems in March, after Damascus fired ground-to-air missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes.

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