Israel Strikes Syria In Response To Rockets Launched Towards Golan Heights: Israeli Army

New Delhi: The Israeli army announced early Sunday it was “currently striking” an area in Syria from which rockets were fired the night before, news agency AFP reported citing the army.

“The strike was carried out in response to the rockets fired towards Israeli territory,” the army said in a short statement.

The Israeli army also claimed that it had used a drone to target the aircraft from which the rockets were fired in retaliation to rockets being fired into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Reportedly, six rockets were fired from Syria, and warning sirens were heard in multiple areas, AFP reported.

Israel had seized around 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it later, which was not recognized by the international community.

The escalation in violence in the region had led to exchanges of fire between the two countries on Saturday and Sunday.

Earlier on Wednesday, Israeli riot police raided Al-Aqsa mosque’s prayer hall to remove “law-breaking youths and masked agitators” who had barricaded themselves inside.

On Thursday, more than 30 rockets were fired from Lebanese soil into Israel, which the Israeli army blamed on Palestinian groups.

The army then retaliated by carrying out strikes in Gaza and southern Lebanon.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on late Friday mobilised police and army reserves after separate attacks killed three people in the West Bank and Tel Aviv in the latest escalation of deadly violence.

Israel’s army said it had launched a manhunt for the perpetrators of Friday’s shooting in the occupied West Bank which killed two sisters and seriously wounded their mother.

In central Tel Aviv, one man was killed and five people were wounded late Friday in a car-ramming attack, Israeli rescue services said.

Three people, including a 17-year-old, were moderately wounded, while two had light injuries, the rescue service added.