Israel targets Syrian army after rockets hit Golan

Israeli forces struck two Esad regime military positions after two rockets fired from Syria to hit Israeli-occupied region of Golan Heights

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Israeli artillery targets Syrian army after rockets hit Golan.

Israeli artillery targeted Syrian army sites after two rockets fired from Syria to the Israeli-occupied region of the Golan Heights on Tuesday, Israel's military said.

"In response to the rocket fire, IDF artillery targeted two military posts of the Syrian Armed Forces in the central Syrian Golan Heights," an army statement announced.

There were no wounded in the Israeli-occupied area in Golan.

On September 28, at least three Israeli air strikes had targeted the Syrian border city of Golan.

Since the eruption of the Syrian conflict in 2011, the Golan Heights have been tense, especially following the rebels' capturing parts of southern Syria.

In January 2015, a Spanish UN peacekeeper was killed on the Israel-Lebanon border during an exchange of fire between Israeli troops and Hezbollah fighters.

Around 1,200sq km of the Golan Heights were seized by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967. Later Israel had annexed the territory in 1981 after having occupied it for 14 years, but the international community refuses to recognize the annexation.

The south of Syria is a hot area since it is in a place where several warring forces gather, Israel, Syrian regime backed by Hezbollah fighters, Syrian rebels, the Druze minority, and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force.

In 1974, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), UN mission - with about 800 soldiers from Fiji, India, Ireland, Nepal, and the Netherlands - was established to monitor a cease fire line on the Golan that has separated Israelis from Syrians since the war of 6 October, 1973.


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