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Israeli army attacks Syria after errant fire lands in occupied Golan Heights

July 1, 2017 8:00 P.M. (Updated: July 2, 2017 11:12 A.M.)
(File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Israeli army reported Saturday evening that an errant projectile from internal fighting in Syria landed in an open area in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights, causing no injuries. In response, the Israeli army targeted the Syrian military artillery position that was the source of the fire, the army said.

"Israel holds the Syrian regime responsible for any breach of its borders and will act accordingly," an Israeli army spokesperson said in a statement.

The report came a day after a mortal shell spilled over the border from Syria, which Israeli forces responded to by firing a missile at the alleged source of the mortar.

The Israeli army also attacked positions in the Syrian Golan Heights for two days in a row last weekend, and more recently on Wednesday, Israel reportedly struck Syrian regime targets soon after several projectiles hit the Israeli occupied Golan Heights.

The Israeli attack last Saturday reportedly left two Syrian army soldiers killed in the city of Quneitra.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the time: "Our policy is clear: We will not tolerate any spillover or trickle whatsoever -- neither mortars nor rockets, from any front. We will respond strongly to any attack on our territory or our citizens."

The Golan Heights have periodically been struck by missiles and projectiles misfired from Syria as part of the more than six-year civil war that continues to ravage the country.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometers of the Golan Heights in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.

Al-Marsad, the Arab Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Syrian Golan, estimates that around 130,000 Syrians were displaced by Israel from the Golan during the 1967 takeover, a population that has now grown to around 430,000, many of whom live in areas hit by the continued violence in Syria.
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