The Israeli army attacked Syrian regime artillery on Saturday after fire across the armistice line hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and warned it would step up its response to stray fire from the country’s civil war.
The Bashar Assad regime controls only part of the territory on the other side of the line, with the rest in the hands of rebel groups.
But the Israeli army said it would retaliate against the Syrian forces, regardless of who was responsible for any fire and of whether it was deliberate or unintentional.
Israeli forces identified four hits from five rounds launched at the northern Golan from Syria, the army said. No damage or injuries were reported in Israel.
"In response to the projectiles that hit Israel, the Israeli army targeted three artillery cannons of the Syrian regime in the Syrian Golan Heights," the statement said.
It warned that whether errant fire or not, any future occurrences will force the Israeli military “to intensify its response." It held "the Syrian regime accountable for any aggression from within its territory."
In their own statement, the Syrian regime forces warned against "such aggressive acts" and held Israel "fully responsible for the consequent results.”