Saturday, Oct. 10
Latest News
  1. Palestinian journalist injured in hand by live fire in Shufat clashes
  2. Palestinian shot dead after alleged stabbing attack near Damascus gate
  3. Palestinian shot dead in Shufat clashes overnight
  4. Jihad Salem Ubeid, 22, dies from Gaza demo injuries
  5. 2 killed, 19 injured as Israeli forces open fire at Gaza demo
  6. Palestinian woman shot, injured after stabbing Israeli in Afula
  7. Israeli stabs, injures 4 Palestinians in Dimona
  8. Army: Israeli moderately injured in Afula stab attack by Palestinian
  9. Israeli forces kill Palestinian in Shufat refugee camp raid
  10. Clashes erupt at Bethlehem's northern entrance
  11. Police: Israeli soldier stabbed in Tel Aviv
  12. Police: Palestinian detained after Israeli stabbed in Jerusalem
  13. Israeli media: Palestinian shot near Jerusalem after car attack
  14. Police: Palestinian stabs Israelis in Petah Tikva, arrested at scene
  15. 84 Palestinians injured by rubber bullets in West Bank clashes
  16. Israeli forces raid home of Jerusalem stab suspect
  17. Reports: Palestinian killed after stabbing soldier in Kiryat Gat
  18. Israeli media: Palestinian shot dead after stabbing Israeli
  19. 2 Palestinians sustain injuries in Dar Salah clashes
  20. Residents of Majdal Bani Fadil prevent settler attack overnight

Israel launches air raids on Syrian positions in Golan

June 23, 2014 9:42 A.M. (Updated: June 24, 2014 9:33 A.M.)
QUNEITRA (AFP) -- Israel carried out retaliatory air raids on Syrian army positions in the Golan Heights overnight after a teenager on the Israeli side was killed in an attack from Syria, the army said early Monday.

"The IDF (Israeli army) targeted nine Syrian army positions in response to the earlier attack that originated in Syria killing an Israeli teenager and injuring two other Israeli civilians," an army spokesman said.

Sunday's action marked the most serious escalation along the ceasefire line with Syria since the 1973 Middle East War, with Israel's defense minister warning Damascus would pay a "high price" for helping militants.

The targeted sites of Israel's retaliatory raids included "Syrian military headquarters and launching positions", and "direct hits were confirmed", said the statement by Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, the army's foreign press spokesman.

There were no reports of Syrian casualties.

The air raids came after the 13-year-old son of an Israeli defense ministry contractor was killed on the Golan on Sunday morning.

The victim was named as Mohammed Qaraqra, a Palestinian citizen of Israel from the northern village of Arabeh in the Galilee region, military radio said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the deadly attack.

"Israel's enemies will stop at nothing," he told the dead boy's grieving father by phone, his office said.

"They won't stop at attacking civilians or even murdering children as happened this morning," Netanyahu added.

Israel's defense ministry said the boy was killed when a blast hit the car he was traveling in with his father and another contractor, both of whom were wounded.

'Unprovoked act of aggression'

Military sources said the vehicle belonged to the defense ministry and was being used "as part of construction work on the border".

Lerner said the army was "not certain if it was an explosive device, a rocket or a mortar" that hit the car, noting there was a hole in the nearby fence.

"Yesterday's attack was an unprovoked act of aggression against Israel... The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to breach Israel's sovereignty and will act in order to safeguard the civilians of the State of Israel," Lerner stressed.

"This is the most substantial incident on the border with Syria since the beginning of the civil war," he said earlier, confirming it was the first death on the Israeli side.

Residents in northern Israel heard explosions from the Syrian side of the border, the Israeli news site Ynet reported.

The army spokesman told reporters that Israeli tanks had fired at Syrian army posts shortly after the attack from Syria.

Sunday's fatal attack took place near Tel Khazeka, just south of Quneitra which is located in the center of the Golan plateau.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there was ongoing fighting in the area between Syrian military and rebels, adding regime forces had bombarded some villages in the Quneitra area.

Israel, which is still technically at war with Syria, seized 1,200 square kilometers of the Golan Heights during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.

Around 510 square kilometers of the plateau remains under Syrian control.

Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, the plateau has been tense, with a growing number of projectiles, mostly stray, hitting the Israeli side and prompting occasional armed responses.

Over the past year, Israel has reportedly carried out a series of raids on Syrian and Hezbollah targets, but has not officially acknowledged doing so.

In March, Israeli warplanes attacked Syrian army positions just hours after a bomb wounded four Israeli soldiers on the Golan, one severely.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015