The Israeli army has said Iranian-backed forces fired 20 rockets at their military forces in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights area. Syrian state media reported that Israeli planes targeted locations in Syria.

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The Israeli military on Thursday said Iranian forces in Syria had fired 20 rockets at Israeli front-line military positions in Golan Heights.

Israel’s military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said Iran’s Al Quds force fired the rockets at several Israeli bases, though he would not say how Israel determined the Iranian involvement.

The incoming attack triggered air raid sirens in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, which was captured from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day war and was annexed by Israel in 1981.

Residents spent the night in shelters, but schoolchildren went to class as normal the morning after.


The attack came one night after Syria accused Israel of striking one of its military bases south of Damascus, which the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said killed 15 people including eight Iranians.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said his country would not allow Iran to turn Syria into a “frontline base” against Israel, adding that none of the Iranian rockets struck inside Israeli-held territory, and they either fell short or were shot down.
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The incident follows an increase in tensions between Israel and Syria, where Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces have been helping Damascus to fight rebels in a seven-year-old conflict.

Conricus said Israel had retaliated for the attack on its outposts in the strategic Golan Heights plateau, which it partly occupies, without providing further details.

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The Syrian military was later quoted as saying its air defenses had confronted Israeli rocket fire on its territory, according to state media.

Syrian state news agency SANA reported that Israeli warplanes had targeted Syrian territories with rockets and that Syrian air defenses had responded.

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SANA reported that the Israeli warplanes were shooting the rockets from inside the occupied Palestinian territories and targeting the City of Baath in Quneitra province, which was shelled shortly after midnight.

law/rc (AP, Reuters)



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