Israeli plane hits Syrian army in Golan exchange

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Israeli warplanes hit a Syrian regime post on Friday hours after a mortar shell hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel's army said.

The projectile landed in an open area, causing no injuries or damage.

The General Command of the Syrian Arab Armed Forces said the attack followed the government's thwarting of a wide-scale offensive on the area surrounding al-Baath city in the Quneitra countryside by the forces of "Nusra Front", an al-Qaida affiliate that has since rebranded itself as the "Levant Liberation Committee".

"While I was speaking, I said here that we will not tolerate errant shooting and we will respond to all firing". Whoever attacks us - we will attack him.

"In response to the projectile launched towards Israel from Syria, IAF aircraft targeted the Syrian military position that fired the mortar", the IDF said on Twitter. "This is our policy and we will continue with it".

An Israeli tourist looks at the Syrian side of the border from Mount Bental in the Golan Heights
An Israeli tourist looks at the Syrian side of the border from Mount Bental in the Golan Heights

There has been an increase in such fire from fighting in Syria hitting the Golan in the past few days.

On Sunday, Israel attacked a Syrian army units in the northern after errant fire from the Syrian side spilled over into Israeli territory.

Yet in a December, 2016 interview with the Syrian daily newspaper Al-Watan, Assad maintained that despite his nation's years-long civil war, "Israel alone remains our enemy country".

A picture taken from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights shows smoke billowing from the Syrian side of the border on June 26, 2017.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war and later extended civil law over the strategic plateau overlooking northern Israel, in a move that is not internationally recognized.

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