DAMASCUS, (BM) -The Israel Defense Forces bombed a Syrian vehicle that the military said was used in an attempted sniper attack on Israeli troops near the Golan border Monday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing The Times of Israel.
The skirmish took place in the Quneitra region in the demilitarized buffer zone between the countries, the latest in a series of recent cross-border clashes in the area. However, this was the first of these to be acknowledged by Israel.
“A short time ago an IDF force identified an attempt at a sniping attack in the northern Golan Heights,” the military said in a statement. “The force attacked the vehicle involved in the attempted attack.”
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said the vehicle belonged to members of a militia loyal to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.
Pictures purportedly from the scene showed the burning white truck, which appeared to be completely destroyed in the strike.
Videos from the scene shared on social media showed a helicopter firing flares and then a missile. They could not immediately be independently verified.
Syrian state-run news agency SANA claimed that Israeli forces fired a missile at a civilian vehicle “in the suburbs of Quneitra.”
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said Israel would “cut off the hands of the enemy” in order to prevent attacks against the country.
“Even on election day our enemies try to harm us,” he said in a statement while campaigning for Monday’s national parliamentary elections. “This day too, as on every day, we will cut off the hands of the enemy and not allow them to hinder our daily lives.”
Last Thursday, Israeli aircraft attacked Syrian army positions in the Golan Heights, hours after a reported Israeli strike on a vehicle, Syrian state media said. Helicopters fired missiles at army positions in Quneitra, and the nearby towns of al-Qataniyah and al-Hurriyet, SANA said. It said three soldiers were injured in the strikes.
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