The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) launched artillery fire at targets in Syria Thursday evening after four rockets were fired from Bashar al-Assad’s fractured country hours earlier, with Israel saying they hold Syria responsible for the attacks, the IDF has confirmed.
The four rockets, alleged to have been launched from the centre of the Syrian Golan Heights, were reported to have struck open areas in Israel’s Upper Galilee - far from the border with Syria - and Golan Heights regions. No injuries have been reported, the IDF tweeted:
Initial report: 4 rockets launched from Syria landed in Israel's Upper Galilee & Golan Heights. No injuries reported— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 20, 2015
According to the Jerusalem Post, since the Syrian Civil War started in 2011, mortars and rockets have regularly fallen on Israel, but always in close proximity to the Syrian border, a status quo that allowed Israeli security personnel to consider them “spillover” from the Syrian war.
But Thursday’s strikes involved rockets fired much deeper into northern Israel.
Highlighting Iran’s proxy war with Israel, the IDF has accused the Iran-funded Islamic Jihad terror network of firing the rockets:
Confirmed: Rockets earlier today were fired by Iran funded Islamic Jihad. Syrian government is responsible for attacks emanating from Syria.— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 20, 2015
Islamic Jihad had previously threatened to carry out reprisals against Israel if Mohammed Allan, an alleged member of the terror group in Israeli detention, died of a hunger strike. Reuters have reported that Allan ended his fast Wednesday after an Israeli court intervened.
The group denies carrying out the attacks.
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