IDF Hits 14 Targets in Syria Following Rocket Fire

August 20, 2015  

The IDF announced on Thursday night that it had attacked 14 targets belonging to the Syrian regime in the Golan Heights.

According to the statement, the attacks were a joint operation of the Israel Air Force, the artillery corps and the armored corps. The attacks were retaliation for the firing of four rockets towards Israeli territory from Syria on Thursday afternoon.

“This shooting was carried out by the Islamic Jihad, with Iranian funding, and is a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of the State of Israel. The IDF holds the Syrian regime responsible for what is happening in its territory and will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israel’s sovereignty and the security of its citizens,” said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

Four rockets hit Israel Thursday afternoon in the Upper Galilee region in the north. All four exploded in open areas.

A senior IDF officer said on Thursday evening that Iran was behind the rocket attack, noting that the directive to fire the rockets was personally given out by the head of the Palestinian department in Iran’s Al-Quds force.

The senior officer’s comments regarding Iran’s involvement in the attack are in line with a report from April, when  Iranian officials reportedly told the Syrian regime to strike Israel and open a war front on the Golan.

Israeli security sources said the rockets were fired by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, which is funded and directed by Iran, but the group denied the accusations.

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