.After the Syrian regime army fired two surface-to-air-missiles early Monday morning, they released a statement saying the missiles had hit an Israeli warplane and drone. However, Israeli army spokesperson Peter Lerner released a statement shortly after, confirming the two missiles were fired at Israeli targets, but said that “at no point was the safety of (Israeli army) aircraft compromised.”
The missile fire followed Israeli army shelling overnight Monday into southwestern Syria, in response to an errant mortar that spilled over the border from Syria’s civil war into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, which came despite the US-Russia brokered ceasefire that went into effect on Monday.Israeli media quoted an Israeli army statement as saying that the Israeli attack was aimed at assisting the rebel forces fighting the Syrian regime and raising their moral after the “defeat” they recently suffered in the Quneitra region.
Later Monday afternoon, the Israeli army released a statement saying that “a projectile fired from Syria hit the northern Golan Heights. No injuries have been reported.”
On Saturday, the Israeli air force also targeted artillery positions of the Syrian regime after a mortar fire spilled over the border.
No injuries or damages were reported from the mortar, which reportedly fell near to the northern Druze town of Majdal Shams.
It was the third such incident to be reported last week.Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, the plateau has been tense, with a growing number of rockets and mortar rounds hitting the Israeli side, mostly stray, prompting occasional armed responses.