Israel says it hits Syrian army positions near Golan Heights

Visible from the Israeli side of the Golan Heights, smoke rises from a Syrian village where rebels and government forces battle. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

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SULAIMANI — Israeli military said it attacked Syrian military positions near Golan Heights frontier in the early hours of Thursday (July 12).

The Israeli military said it hit three targets in retaliation for an incursion of a Syrian drone on Wednesday. The drone was shot down over northern Israel.  

“The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) holds the Syrian regime accountable for the actions carried out in its territory and warns it from further action against Israeli forces,” the military said in a statement.

Syrian state media reported the positions targeted were near Hader village in Quneitra province, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The attack caused limited damage, it said.

“The aircraft of the Israeli enemy fired several missiles in the direction of some army positions,” state media cited a Syrian military source as saying.

Some of the missiles were thwarted by Syrian air defenses, they said.

Israel has been on alert as Syrian government forces advance on rebels in the vicinity of the Golan, which Israel took from Syrian in the 1967 Middle East war.