IDF Airstrikes in Syria in Response to Mortar Shells Fired into Israel

The IDF carried out airstrikes in Syria again on Tuesday evening in retaliation for three projectiles fired into Israel through out the day on Tuesday, the strikes targeting Assad Regime cannons.

The IDF confirmed the strikes, stating “IAF [Israel Air Force] targeted artillery positions of the Syrian Regime in the Syrian Golan Heights” and that “The IDF holds the Syrian regime responsible for events on its soil. The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israel’s sovereignty and security of its citizens.”

The strikes come following IDF airstrikes on two Syrian military positions Monday evening that targeted artillery batteries in response to a projectile that landed in Israeli territory on Monday.

Following the incident, the Syrian army claimed that it had downed an Israeli jet and drone early Tuesday morning, the IDF officially denying the reports. The IDF responded shortly after, a rare occurrence as the IDF does not typically respond or comment on operations in Syria, majority of which are covert. It stated Tuesday morning “Two surface-to-air missiles were fired from Syria overnight after an IDF strike in response to weapons fire [from Syria] last night. Israeli aircraft were not close to the source of the fire, and the missiles never threatened their targets… At no point was the safety of IDF aircraft compromised,” the IDF confirming that the aircraft returned to base in Israel.

The incidents come following an American-Russian brokered ceasefire deal implemented on Monday. The ceasefire has given Syria the confidence that it should start becoming more aggressive from any strikes from Israel, even though the “aggression” is a result of incorrect media reports from Syria.

This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, September 13, 2016, and reposted with permission.