One killed, seven injured by Israeli airstrike in Syria

Published August 21st, 2015 - 10:00 GMT

An Israeli airstrike against a Syrian military outpost in the Syrian Golan Heights killed one soldier and wounded seven, a Syrian army source said on Friday.

State television said Israeli jets attacked a base on Thursday night in the Quneitra area near the Israeli borders.

The IDF said it had retaliated against rockets that hit an Israeli village near the Lebanese border on Thursday afternoon, setting off fires but causing no casualties. According to the IDF, two missiles hit the Golan Heights and another two fell in the Upper Galilee.  

The IDF retaliated from the air against rocket launchers in the Syria-held portion of the Golan Heights. 

Israel accused Iran and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad of deliberately orchestrating the rocket attack.

“We have credible information that the attack was carried out by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Organization and was facilitated and directed by an Iranian operative Saeed Izaddhi, who heads the Palestinian unit in the IRGC QODS force [part of the Iranian National Guard],” Israel said in a message it delivered to the six world powers.

The message was authorized by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sent out by the Foreign Ministry. 

“This is another clear and blatant demonstration of Iran’s continued and unabating support and involvement in terrorist attacks against Israel and the region in general,” Israel said.

Dawoud Shehab, an Islamic Jihad spokesman in Gaza, denied the group had fired on Israel from the Syrian Golan.

“Israel is trying to divert attention from the defeat that it suffered in the face of the determination of the hero prisoner, Mohammed Allan," Shehab told Reuters.

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