Israel bombs Syrian army launcher in response to ‘errant fire’

Al-Qunaitra boder crossing near Golan Heights, the Syrian-Israeli borders. File photo

ARA News

DAMASCUS – In response to an earlier Syrian strike on its territory, Israeli air force bombed Monday a target in Syria, military sources said. 

According to Israeli army officials, an errant fire from ongoing fighting between Syrian factions hit inside Israeli territory. 

Reportedly, the Syrian fire had struck an open area in the Golan Heights near the Syrian-Israeli border, without causing any injuries. 

“In retaliation, the air force [of Israel] targeted a Syrian army launcher,” the Israeli military said on Monday.

In November 2015, Israel conducted an airstrike near Damascus airport in the Syrian capital. Activists said in the time that the Israeli strike on Damascus had targeted a weapons shipment believed to be intended for Lebanese Hezbollah militia –which supports pro-Assad forces in the battles against rebel factions in Syria. 

The Israeli army has conducted dozens of airstrikes on Syria since the outbreak of the civil war there. Israeli officials have repeatedly said that those strikes were to prevent Syrian regime and allied Hezbollah militia from obtaining advanced Iranian weapons.

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi

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