An Israeli military aircraft targeted Syrian army positions in the Golan Heights after a projectile allegedly fired from Syria landed in the occupied territory.
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - An Israeli military aircraft targeted Syrian army positions in the Golan Heights after a projectile allegedly fired from Syria landed in the occupied territory.
The airstrike hit Syrian Arab Army positions in the country's southwestern region of Quneitra near the border with the Israeli-controlled contested territory, but did not inflict any casualties, an unnamed commander in a pro-government popular defense group told reporters.
The strike was a retaliation against an errant shell that landed east of the fence between Israeli-controlled territory and mainland Syria. According to a statement by the Israeli Defense Forces, the shell was launched during fighting between Syrian government forces and militant groups in the area.
During the past few years, Israel has frequently attacked military targets in Syria in what is considered as an attempt to prop up terrorist groups that have been suffering heavy defeats against Syrian government forces.
Back in April 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu officially admitted for the first time that the regime's military had conducted strikes in Syrian territory.
Damascus says Israel and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups operating inside the Arab country, while the Tel Aviv regime's military carries out such sporadic strikes against Syrian government forces. The Israeli regime has even set up field hospitals to treat wounded militants evacuated from Syria.
Moreover, the Syrian army has repeatedly seized huge quantities of Israeli-made weapons and advanced military equipment from the foreign-backed militants inside Syria.
Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria after the Six-Day War in 1967 and later occupied it. Israel's annexation of the territory has never been recognized by the international community and the UN Security Council. Israel and Syria still remain officially at war as a result of the conflict and the lack of formal diplomatic relations between the two states.