September 16, 2016
For the sixth time in one week, northern Israel was targeted from Syrian territory on Wednesday evening.
A mortar grenade exploded in an open field in the northern part of the Israeli Golan Heights causing no casualties or damage, the Israeli Army reported.
The latest attack led to a temporary closure of the main highway on the eastern part of the Golan Heights and caused the State Department to issue a travel warning for U.S. citizens and a temporary travel ban on the mountainous plateau for all U.S. personnel in Israel.
Israeli and other media still report about such attacks as if they were accidents caused by errant fire during a battle between the Syrian army and local rebel groups.
However, another incident on Tuesday showed he mortar attacks are part of a deliberate attempt to heat up Israel’s northeastern border.
This time, however, there was an immediate Syrian response and two S-200 surface- to-air missiles were fired at the Israeli planes.
The Assad regime immediately took responsibility for the attacks and issued a statement claiming its army had downed one of the Israeli fighter jets and accused Israel of “naked aggression.”
The IAF denied the Syrian claim and said in a statement that both warplanes together with their pilots had returned safely to Israel.