The tense situation in Syria and the surrounding area may have just heated up. Syrian government forces are already engaged in a complicated skirmish which involves the U.S. and Russia, along with anti-government rebel groups.
Now, Israel has reportedly launched a missile strike against the Syrian army.
That strike was reportedly carried out from the airspace above the Golan Heights, which Israel partially controls. According to Sputnik News, the targets were Syrian forces located in the province of Quneitra.
“Enemy warplanes of Israel launched two missiles from the occupied territory [Golan Heights] at 18:45 [local time] on one of the positions of our army. It caused material damage,” a Syrian source allegedly told the Russian news agency.
The Israel Defense Forces confirmed a strike, and stated that it was a response to an earlier incident in the Golan Heights.
“In response to the projectiles fired from Syria that hit the northern Golan Heights earlier this evening, the IDF targeted the launch sites,” an IDF representative stated on Twitter.
“Moments ago, a projectile was launched from Syria & hit an open area in the northern Golan Heights. No injuries have been reported,” the same IDF account reported hours before the Quneitra strike.
It is not known if that “projectile” was targeting Israeli troops specifically, or if a stray weapon such as a mortar shell had hit an Israeli-controlled area by mistake.
A similar exchange between Syria and Israel occurred last year.
“In November, the IDF said a missile believed to be launched from Syria, hit the Israeli-controlled northern Golan Heights without causing any casualties,” Sputnik News stated about the previous incident. “The IDF responded with retaliatory fire.”