By Ryan Jones
Israeli forces stationed on the Golan Heights fired a missile at a Syrian military post across the border on Saturday, destroying an artillery piece that had fired several shells into Israel.
A number of shells landed in Israeli territory early Saturday morning. Israeli officials believed the incident to be spillover from ongoing battles in Syria, and not a deliberate targeting of Israel.
Nevertheless, Israel has repeatedly warned that it will respond with force to every act of aggression that endangers Israel's citizens and sovereignty.
There was no immediate response from Syria.
Tensions escalate on Israel-Syria border
Israelis remain concerned that it is only a matter of time before the situation along the border escalates.
It should also be noted that both sides in the Syrian civil war are enemies of the Jewish state, and would presumably have no problem bloodying Israel's nose as part of their conflict with one another.
The regime of embattled dictator Bashar Assad is still officially at war with Israel, and has for decades sheltered and aided anti-Israel terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah.
The Syrian rebels are composed largely of Islamist groups, many affiliated or allied with the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda, both of which ultimately seek the destruction of the "Zionist regime."
As the fighting inches ever closer to the border, the situation is understandably very tense, and a cause for great concern in Israel.
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- U.N. chemical weapons inspectors to start work in Syria on Monday • Reuters
- Israel retaliates after Syria shells hit Golan Heights • FOX News
- IDF retaliates after mortars fired from Golan Heights • Times of Israel