October 18, 2018

IAF attacks in Syria after spillover fire, Syrian source says Israel helping rebels

If confirmed the mortar was fired from Syria, it would be the third shooting into Israel this week.

The Assad regime artillery guns on Saturday were targeted by the Israeli Air Force

Smoke rises during fighting in the village of Ahmadiyah in Syria, as seen from the Israeli side of the border fence between Syria and the Golan Heights [File]. (photo credit:REUTERS)
Smoke rises during fighting in the village of Ahmadiyah in Syria, as seen from the Israeli side of the border fence between Syria and the Golan Heights [File]. (photo credit:REUTERS)
– the third time in a week – in response to a stray mortar shell fired from Syria exploding in the Israeli Golan Heights earlier in the day.

The IDF said in a statement that it viewed the Syrian regime as being “responsible for what occurs in its territory,” adding that it will “not tolerate any attempt to harm the State of Israel’s sovereignty and the security of its residents.”

Syrian state television reported the strike, quoting a Syrian military source as saying the strike was aimed at helping an offensive by hardline Islamist rebels.

The source was quoted as saying that the Israeli air force was helping the former Nusra front and other radical groups in an offensive launched against Syrian troops in the southern province of Quneitra which borders the Golan region.

Syria has long blamed Israel for aiding and financing radical hardline militants along their shared border and of allowing medical treatment get to their wounded fighters.

It was the third time in a week that the air force responded to stray Syrian fire. On Thursday, the IAF also struck Syrian artillery guns after a stray shell fell some 15 kilometers deep inside Israeli territory. That shell too was fired in the course of civil war battles in southern Syria.

Last Sunday, the IAF also struck Syrian artillery guns following cross-border stray Syrian fire into Israel.

At the start of June, shortly after becoming Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman toured the northern border, and said, “The role of the IDF here is to safeguard the quiet on the northern border, and that is what we are doing. We have no other plans, other than to safeguard the quiet, and I hope that everyone understands that well, including our neighbors.”

Liberman added, “In any case, I would not advise anyone to try and test us.”

Source : http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Report-Mortar-lands-in-Golan-Height-no-injuries-reported-467375

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