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ISRAEL STRIKES SYRIAN ARMY POST AFTER STRAY FIRE: ARMY

Israel targeted a Syrian military post, after a projectile landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Wednesday, a military spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said that the action came, in response to a projectile that hit earlier the northern Golan, causing no injuries or damage.

"The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) targeted the Syrian military position that fired the mortar," the statement read.

The incident was the fourth time that a spillover from the war-torn country hit northern Israel, without causing damage or injuries.

On Monday, the military said, it had identified heavy machine gun bullet holes in a post of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, which maintains the 1974 cease-fire between Israel and Syria.

The post is located near the community of Zivanit, adjacent to the disputed border between Syria and Israel.

A day earlier, the Israeli military said, it attacked two artillery positions and an ammunition truck, both belonging to the Syrian army, after several projectiles hit the Israeli-held Golan Heights.

A similar incident occurred on Saturday, as 10 projectiles hit an open field in the Israeli-held Golan, causing no injuries or damage.

In response, Israel's air force attacked posts of the Syrian army. Several people were killed in the strikes, including at least two civilians.

The army believes that all of the cross-border fire incidents were a result of a spillover from the fighting in Quneitra, next to the border.

The battles in this region are between President Bashar Assad's army and the Nusra Front, a Salafist rebel group.

Errant fire from Syria, which is fighting a six-year-long war, has occasionally been spilling over to Israel, usually causing no casualties or damage.

Israel often retaliated the mortars with air strikes. Israel had repeatedly declared it would not intervene in the internal fighting in Syria. However, it is widely believed that Israel often carried out air strikes on weapons convoys in Syria, and has been providing medical treatment to hundreds of wounded Syrians, who reached the border

Source: NAM News Network