Photo Credit: Basel Awidat / Flash 90
A picture taken from the Israeli side of the border shows smoke rising near the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights during fights between the rebels and the Syrian army, June 25, 2017.

Israel issued a warning Saturday night it is holding the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responsible for attacks on Israel from its territory — including the two rounds of shelling fired Saturday night at Israel’s northern Golan Heights.

The fighting is taking place across from Quneitra, the site of the sole border crossing with Syria and an area where many non-state actors have gathered to battle the years-long civil war.


The second round was launched from Syria at around 9:00 pm, hitting an open area in the northern Golan Heights near the security fence barely half an hour after mortar shells struck an open area in the same general location.

No injuries were reported in either attack, and forces searched the area to determine the impact locations.

“The errant projectile is a result of internal fighting in Syria,” said IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis. “Israel maintains a policy of non-involvement in the Syrian civil war. However, we will not tolerate any breach of Israel’s sovereignty.

“Israel holds the Syrian regime responsible for any breach of its borders and will act accordingly,” Manelis said.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.