SYRIA (OBSERVATORY) – The Israeli army shelled a Syrian artillery piece in response to the fall of a mortar shell on the Golan Heights, an area occupied by Israel from Syria more than 50 years ago.
“The IDF fired one artillery shell in the area from which it was fired into northern Syria from the Golan Heights,” the Israeli army said on its Twitter on Monday.
The Israeli army said the shell, which fell near the security fence separating Syria and Israel, “seems to have been wrong.”
“The Israeli army holds the Syrian regime responsible and will not tolerate any attempt to harm the sovereignty of the State of Israel and the security of its citizens.”
Israel captured the Golan Heights during the Six-Day War in 1967. Syria is demanding a return.
The plateau has been the scene of clashes since the outbreak of the civil war in Syria, where several rockets have landed inside the area during the past seven years. Israel has frequently responded by launching raids inside Syrian territory.