Israeli military reacts after rockets fired from Syria

April 11, 2023: On Sunday, Israeli jets hit Syrian military targets in response to rockets launched towards Israeli-controlled territory overnight, Israel’s military told, as violence flared following cross-border exchanges of fire in the week.

State media in Syria reported explosions near the capital Damascus as Israel stated that its forces continued to reach the Syrian territory after six rockets were fired overnight closer to the Golan Heights.

Israel stated that artillery and drone strikes hit the rocket launchers and were done by airstrikes against Syrian army limits, military radar systems and artillery posts.

The Israeli military “witnessing the State of Syria responsible for all activities happening within its territory and will not permit any attempts to violate Israeli sovereignty,” the Israeli Defense Forces stated.

The Syrian defence ministry stated that its air defences had responded to the Israeli attack and intercepted a few Israeli missiles. It said no casualties had been stated, with material damage caused by the strikes.

Sirens sounded earlier near towns in the Golan Heights as rockets were established from Syrian territory, but no damage or casualties were reported. Israel took away the Golan Heights in the 1967 Middle East war and started the 1,200-square-km territory in 1981, a move not identified by most of the international community.

”The military stated only three of the rockets crossed into Israeli-controlled territory, with two decreasing on open ground and a third came in by air defence systems.

Lebanon-Based Al Mayadeen TV stated the rocket salvoes were stated by Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad activity.

On Thursday, over 30 rockets were fired towards Israel from southern Lebanon, which drew cross-border counterstrikes from Israel on the websites linked to the Islamist act Hamas in Lebanon and Gaza.

The cross-border exchanges came between sharply increased tensions between Israel and Palestinian groups after Israeli police raids recently on Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, causing outrage across the Arab world.

Israel stated that the operations were intended to dislodge people of what police called extremists that had barricaded themselves in the mosque, connected with firecrackers and stones.

But the raids drew a furious reaction and tensions even among Israel’s U.S. allies in the month of Ramadan, with mobile phone footage from inside the mosque focused police beating the people praying at the place.

The Old City of Jerusalem, holy to Muslims and Jews, known as Temple Mount, has been a longstanding flashpoint, notably concerning Jewish visitors, which defies a ban on non-Muslim prayer in the mosque compound.

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