Israel carried out air strikes in Syria on Sunday in response to rocket fire from Syria at the Golan Heights, its military said, with a war monitor reporting 10 killed by Israel including Syrian soldiers and foreign fighters.
Israel’s army said two rockets were fired from Syria at Mount Hermon in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights late Saturday and one had been “located within Israeli territory.”
In response, the army attacked “two Syrian artillery batteries, a number of observation and intelligence posts on the Golan Heights, and an SA-2 aerial defense battery,” its statement said.
The Israeli attack left three Syrian soldiers and seven foreign fighters dead, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. According to the war monitor, they died in missile strikes close to the capital Damascus where Syrian troops, Iranian forces and Hezbollah fighters are stationed.
Syrian anti-aircraft defenses fired against “enemy missiles” from Israel targeting positions in southwest Damascus, the official Syrian SANA news agency quoted a military source as saying.
The Israeli army said its own aerial defense systems were activated due to the Syrian anti-aircraft fire, but none of the Syrian fire hit Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered the strike. “We won’t tolerate fire at our territory and will respond forcefully to any aggression against us,” he said.
Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria, most of them against what it says are Iranian and Hezbollah targets as it continues to target positions in Syria held by Iran it says out of self-defense.
The latest reported strikes with rocket fire at the Golan continues the conflict between Israel and Syria with Iran over the Golan Heights. And it comes amid soaring tensions between Iran and the United States.
Where in recent weeks the United States has accused Iran of threats and deployed an aircraft carrier group and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf.
The Biblical prophecies (Matthew 24, Luke 21) foretell that wars and rumors of wars in the Mid-East will be a sign of the Last Days indicating the coming end of the age and the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ.
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