In escalating violence this week between Israel and Hezbollah, Israeli helicopter gunships hit Syrian positions in the southern part of Quneitra, on Friday night, after receiving mortar fire on Friday morning from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement that the targets included “observation positions and intelligence-gathering tools inside Syrian posts.” SANA, the Syrian state news agency, reported that the airstrikes wounded two soldiers, hit three sites, and caused grass fires. Other Arabic news media sites reported that the targets were anti-aircraft missile sites.
“The IDF holds the Syrian regime responsible for the fire against Israel earlier today,” IDF’s statement read. “The IDF will continue operating with determination and will respond to any violation of Israeli sovereignty.”
This latest escalation of violence began on late Monday night when supposedly Israeli aircraft hit several positions south and southwest of Damascus. Monday’s airstrikes destroyed a missile depot and also damaged weapons and ammunition warehouses, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a U.K.-based watchdog on the civil war.