Israel destroys Syrian army outpost after being fired upon

( Israel destroyed a small Syrian army post near the Golan Heights border on Sunday after Syrian gunmen fired on Israeli military patrols twice within 24 hours.

The Golan Heights. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

On Saturday night, Syrian gunmen fired on an Israeli jeep patrolling the Golan Heights border were fired upon. Later that night, another Israeli jeep was fired upon again, prompting an Israel response the next day.

The Israeli military fired a Spike NLOS guided missile at the Syrian post, destroying it and leaving two Syrians wounded, Israel Hayom reported.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed that, “the military returned fire at a Syrian post after an IDF patrol came under machine-gun fire.”

“The target was destroyed using precision fire,” the IDF said.

“Following the attack, the IDF returned fire, in accordance with government policy: Israel will respond immediately to any violation of Israeli sovereignty or fire from the Syrian side, identifying the source of the fire and neutralizing it. We will not allow the Syrian army, or any other element, to violate Israeli sovereignty by firing on our territory,” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said.

Despite no formal peace treaty, for several decades the border with Syria has remained relatively quiet under the reign of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his father, Hafez al-Assad.

While Israel has largely refrained from involvement in the now three-year-old Syrian civil war, sporadic incidents along the border have drawn a limited Israeli response. But as the war drags on, Israel fears that Islamic terror groups, who are currently fighting Assad, may turn against Israel.

“We are seeing terror organizations gaining footholds increasingly in the territory,” said Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, Israel’s military chief, at a conference last week. “For now, they are fighting Assad. Guess what? We’re next in line.”

Posted on March 24, 2013 .