JERUSALEM: The Israeli military carried out airstrikes on a number of military targets inside Syria, including the military headquarters, in response to a cross-border attack that left an Israeli teenager dead, authorities said.
In a statement early Monday, the military said nine targets were struck and “direct hits were confirmed.”
“Yesterday’s attack was an unprovoked act of aggression against Israel, and a direct continuation to recent attacks that occurred in the area,” said Lt Col Peter Lerner, a military spokesman. He said Israel “will not tolerate any attempt to breach Israel’s sovereignty and will act in order to safeguard the civilians of the state of Israel”.
The strikes came after a civilian vehicle in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights was targeted by forces in neighboring Syria on Sunday. A 14-year-old boy was killed and two other people were wounded in the first deadly incident along the volatile area since the Syrian civil war erupted more than three years ago. Israel earlier retaliated with tank fire at Syrian government targets.