Israel attacks Syrian target in response to mortar fired on Golan

(JTA) – The Israel Defense Forces attacked a Syrian army artillery target in response to a mortar from Syria that landed in Israeli territory on the Golan Heights.

The mortar shell that exploded Sunday evening in Israeli territory was errant rebel fire from Syria’s civil war. No injuries were reported and no warning sirens were triggered.

“The IDF holds the Syrian government accountable for this clear breach of Israeli sovereignty, and will continue to act in order to safeguard Israel,” the army said in a statement.

A senior Syrian military official told the official Syrian news agency, according to Ynet, that two missiles from Israel hit “in the area of the village of Khdeir” and “damage was caused.” The source did not report any injuries.

Several stray rockets and shells have landed in Israel since the start of the civil war in Syria more than five years ago. The IDF frequently retaliates by firing at the source of the shells.

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