Israeli warplanes strike Syrian military posts in Golan

JERUSALEM – Israeli fighter jets have launched a series of airstrikes at a Syrian army post in the Golan Heights in response to the two rockets fried from Syria into the Israeli-held sector of the region a day earlier, Israeli army radio reported Wednesday.

Israeli army spokesman Peter Lerner on Twitter confirmed that Israeli warplanes targeted Syrian "artillery positions" overnight.

The airstrikes, he said, aided at "sending a clear message: There's price in enabling attacks from Syrian territory."

Defense Minister Mosheh Ya’alon, for his part, held the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad responsible of the escalation in the region,

"The regime in Syria is fully responsible of firing rockets from its lands against Israel," he said.

"It is a clear message that Israel will respond with firmness and strength to any breach in the Golan Heights," he added,

On Tuesday, two rockets fired form the Syrian side of the Golan Heights landed inside the Israeli-occupied sector, but without causing causalities.

No group has claimed responsibility for the rocket firing, which come two weeks after Hezbollah accused Israel of killing six of its fighters – along with six Iranians – in a drone strike in the Syrian town of Quneitra.

The slain fighters included two Hezbollah commanders and the son of Imad Mughniyah, a Hezbollah military commander killed by a car bomb in Syria in 2008. So far, Israel has neither confirmed nor denied the airstrike.

For over two years, Hezbollah has been openly engaged in the Syrian conflict, fighting alongside the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Israel annexed 1,200 square miles of the Syrian Golan Heights following the 1967 Arab-Israeli War in a move never recognized by the international community.

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