Four rockets fired from Syria strike northern Israel

The Quneitra crossing between Syria and Israel. Credit: IDF via Wikimedia Commons.

( Four rockets fired from Syria struck northern Israel on Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces said.

According to the IDF, the rockets landed in the northern Galilee and Golan Heights. No injuries were reported, but the rockets did spark a small fire. The IDF, which responded by launching artillery fire at targets in Syria, later revealed that the Iran-backed Palestinian terror group Islamic Jihad was behind the rockets.

Over the course of the Syrian civil war, Israel has been hit numerous times by rocket fire—sometimes intentional attacks and at other times errant fire from factions fighting each other in Syria. But Thursday’s strikes landed much deeper into Israeli territory than previous rockets, and the IDF said the firing was intentional.

Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist forces supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been present in Quneitra, which is on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, where they have been battling rebel forces. In January, the IDF reportedly carried out an airstrike in Quneitra that killed a top Iranian Revolutionary Guard general and several Hezbollah fighters.

Posted on August 20, 2015 .