Israel strikes Syria after rocket fire on occupied Golan

AFP , Tuesday 9 Apr 2024

Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian military position overnight in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the military said on Tuesday.

A picture taken on April 2, 2024, shows a United Nations peacekeepers observation point near the Qun
A picture taken on April 2, 2024, shows a United Nations peacekeepers observation point near the Quneitra border crossing with Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. AFP

 

The cross-border fire came days after an air strike blamed on Israel destroyed the Iranian consulate in Damascus, killing senior military commanders and raising regional tensions.

The Israeli military said that "warplanes attacked Syrian army military infrastructure overnight in the Mahajjah area" -- around 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the demilitarized zone separating the opposing forces.

The Israeli army said it identified a rocket launch from Syrian territory on Monday that caused no casualties. It said artillery struck the source of the fire.

Israel has raised its military readiness after last week's deadly strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus drew threats of retaliation from Tehran.

The April 1 strike killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards, two of them generals.

The strike came with regional tensions already running high as the ongoing Israeli war on Gaza and exchanges near-daily fire with its Lebanese ally Hezbollah.

Israel captured the Golan Heights in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognized internationally.

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