Israel strikes Syrian targets in response to boy’s death by mortar

The Israel-Syria border's Quneitra crossing in the Golan Heights. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Israeli warplanes bombed targets inside Syria on Monday in response to the mortar shell fired from Syria that killed a 13-year-old Israeli boy Sunday. 

The Israel Defense Forces reported that "direct hits were confirmed” on nine military targets inside Syria near the Israeli border in the Golan Heights, where the Syrian mortar shell had fallen the previous day, hitting a vehicle and killing 13-year-old Mohammed Karaka of Arab village of Arraba.

"Yesterday's attack was an unprovoked act of aggression against Israel, and a direct continuation to recent attacks that occurred in the area," said Lt. Col. Peter Lerner of the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. The IDF "will not tolerate any attempt to breach Israel's sovereignty and will act in order to safeguard the civilians of the state of Israel," Lerner added.

"Our enemies don't differentiate between Jews and non-Jews, adults and children," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

Posted on June 23, 2014 .