The IDF shelled a military position in Syria on Wednesday night after a rocket struck the Golan Heights. The shell fell in an open area causing no casualties or property damage. The army said the missile as a result of errant fire from the civil war in Syria. The missile strike and IDF response was the third since June 24.
“I said that we will not tolerate spillover and that we will respond to every incident,” said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of the founding of Katzrin, the largest city in the Golan. Netanyahu added that the incident occurred during his speech, adding that the IDF responded a short time later.
“Whoever attacks us – we will attack him. This is our policy and we will continue with it,” Netanyahu said.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Israeli warplanes targeted Syrian regime forces in the area of Samadaniyah, near the Israel-Syria border town of Quneitra. The group said the IDF destroyed mortar launchers, but did not release information about casualties.
“Our line is clear: We are not interfering in the bloody conflict in Syria, which has lasted more than six years, but we are determined to respond firmly and forcefully to any violation of our sovereignty,” said Netanyahu at Katzrin. “Anyone who fires at our territory and endangers our citizens will face a harsh and quick response.”
“We are not willing to accept any ‘leaks’ or a ‘steady drizzle’ [of rockets] on the Golan or anywhere else,” he continued. “Similarly, we will not allow radical Islam, led by Iran or ISIS, to constitute a terrorist front against the State of Israel from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.”