Published On: Thu, Aug 20th, 2015

IDF strikes in Syria after four rockets hit northern Israel

Fires started but no casualties reported as rockets land in Galilee and Golan Heights; IDF says firing originated in Quinetira area of Syria, attributes rocket fire to Islamic Jihad.

IDF troops exercise on the Israeli-Syrian border. (Photo IDF spokesperson)

The IDF struck targets in Syria on Thursday evening after four rockets were fired at northern Israel, with two landing in the Upper Galilee and two in the Golan Heights.

The projectiles landed in open areas and there were no immediate reports of any casualties. One landed near a town, causing a fire.

The IDF said it believed the firing was deliberate and that it was considering retaliatory fire. It also said the firing originated in Syria’s Quneitra area, which is under Syrian President Bashar Assad’s control and in which according to reports, Hezbollah operatives Samir Kuntar and Mustafa Mughniyeh have free rein.

However, according to the IDF, Islamic Jihad was responsible for the fire, using Iranian funding and direction. The IDF also said it saw Syria as responsible for the fire. Islamic Jihad spokesman Daud Shihab strongly denied that the organization was responsible.

Read the full story at YNET NEWS, by Ahiya Raved, Yoav ZItun

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