JERUSALEM — Israeli warplanes and rockets struck nine targets in Syria early Monday in retaliation for a missile attack Sunday from Syria that killed an Israeli teenager and wounded his father along the border in the Golan Heights.
An Israeli Defense Forces spokesman said Monday that Israel fired guided missiles from the ground and rockets from the air that hit sites in Syria, including a military command headquarters. The Israelis would not say where in Syria the targets were located.
Over the past three years, Israel has attacked weapon transfers in Syria that it says were intended for the Lebanon-based Shiite military wing of Hezbollah. Israel also has fired at Syrian army targets after cross-border fire originated in Syria.
While the Syrian government did not comment on the airstrikes Monday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 10 Syrian soldiers had been killed. The organization’s Rami Abdurrahman said the Israeli strikes had destroyed two tanks, two artillery batteries and the headquarters of Syria’s 90th brigade, The Associated Press reported.
On Sunday, the Israeli teenager was killed and two other civilians were injured in what the Israeli military called an intentional cross-border attack from Syria into the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.
The attack was the most substantial incident on Israel’s border with Syria since the conflict in that country erupted more than three years ago, said Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman. The Israeli army responded with tank fire on Syrian military targets across the border.
“This is not a case of errant fire, but of an intentional attack,” Col. Lerner said. He said an antitank missile was fired, but that it was still unclear who was behind the attack. Both the Syrian army and rebel groups fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad are said to be stationed in the area.
Israeli news media identified the teenager as Mohammed Karaka, 13, from the Galilee village of Arraba. His father, a worker contracted by Israel’s Defense Ministry, had been delivering water to a construction site near the border fence when their vehicle was struck, the army said.
On Sunday afternoon, the Israeli army filed a formal complaint with the U.N. peacekeeping force stationed along the Israeli-Syrian border, claiming that the incident was in breach of the cease-fire agreement between the two sides. Israel has administered the Golan Heights since capturing the territory from Syria in 1967.syria - israel - United States military - United States government - Middle East - Bashar Assad - Syria government - Israeli armed forces - Israel government - Syrian armed forces