Syria Developing: Israel Retaliates Against Assad’s Army After Rockets Cross Border

PHOTO: Smoke rises from Israel’s Galilee after rockets from Syria struck the area


Israel has retaliated after four rockets were fired from Syria across the border into Galilee and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday.

The rockets were fired from Quneitra Province in southwestern Syria. No casualties were reported, and no group took responsibility.

The Israeli army responded with artillery fire, while the Israel Air Force also carried out raids. Two bases and the Syrian Army’s Brigade 90 were reportedly among the targets.

Israeli officials said the rockets were likely fired from territory controlled by the Assad regime. Unconfirmed claims said an artillery unit of the Syrian army’s 90th Brigade, stationed north of Quneitra, carried out the attacks.

An IDF spokesman said, “The army sees Syria as responsible for the fire, and it will pay the price for it.”

Other Israel Defense Forces sources blamed Islamic Jihad, with Iranian funding and direction. Islamic Jihad spokesman Daud Shihab firmly denied that the organization was responsible.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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