Israel and Syria, Israeli troops fired tank shells into Syria on Monday, confirming “direct hits” on the source of a mortar round that struck the Golan Heights as tensions flared along the ceasefire line.
The exchange marked the second straight day that Israeli troops have been drawn into the Syrian conflict and came just hours after an appeal for restraint from all sides by UN chief Ban Ki-moon.
On Sunday, Israeli troops fired a warning shot across the UN-monitored ceasefire line in response to Syrian fire, in the first instance of Israeli fire directed at the Syrian military in the Golan Heights since the 1973 war.
Monday’s incident came shortly after a Syrian mortar round struck near an army post in the Israeli-occupied Golan, the military said, warning that any further shooting would be answered with “severity.”
A military statement said that a mortar round hit an open area near an army post in the central heights, causing no damage or injuries.
“In response, IDF (Israel Defence Forces) soldiers fired tank shells towards the source of the fire, confirming direct hits,” it said.
“Syrian mobile artillery was directly hit,” a military source added, without elaborating.