Israel and Syria exchange fire amid soaring regional tensions
Israel’s military on Monday acknowledged that it carried out a a rocket attack on a Syrian launcher in the Golan Heights, after an Israeli jet had come under Syrian anti-aircraft fire earlier that day. Syrian news reported that a “military vehicle was targeted and there are wounded.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that his government is “not prepared to tolerate any aggression against us” and that it “will retaliate against it forcefully and decisively.”
Tensions in the Middle East have surged in recent weeks. Not only have relations between the US (a major Israel ally) and Iran (a major Syria ally) deteriorated, but fighting in Syria has escalated since President Bashar al-Assad launched a final push for Idlib Province, the last province in Syria still controlled by opposition forces, while the US government recently warned that Assad’s troops may have renewed their use of chemical weapons.