Israel Strikes Syrian Army Targets in Retaliatory Attack
Israeli army helicopters struck military targets in southern Syrian on Friday in retaliation for earlier “munitions” fire towards Israel from inside Syria.
Israel said early on Friday “munitions” were fired from the Syrian side of the security fence towards Israeli positions in the Golan Heights.
A vehicle and a civilian building were damaged, according to an earlier Israeli army statement.
In response, “attack helicopters struck military targets in southern Syria belonging to the Syrian Armed Forces”.
“A number of targets were struck, including SAF observation posts and intelligence collection systems located in SAF bases,” the statement said.
Syrian state news agency SANA reported that Israeli missiles hit three targets, leaving two people “lightly wounded” while starting forest fires.
Israel did not directly blame Syrian forces for the munitions fire, but said it held the Damascus government responsible for the incident.
Israel has over the past two days announced a reinforced troop presence on its northern border.
Several Israeli media outlets reported that the moves were made in response to an increased threat from Hezbollah.
On Monday, five Iran-backed fighters were killed in an Israeli missile strike south of Damascus, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Hezbollah said one of its fighters was among the dead.
Israel announced an initial enhanced troop deployment to the north on Thursday and additional measures on Friday, hours before the airstrikes.
The army said that in ordering the redeployment it had “elevated its readiness against various potential enemy actions”.
It added that it held the Lebanese government responsible for all actions emanating from Lebanon, without referring to Hezbollah.