The announcement got here after two individuals had been reportedly killed in an Israeli assault close to the Syrian city of Beit Jinn.
Israel’s navy has mentioned its tanks fired on two Syrian buildings within the Golan Heights in what the military mentioned was a violation of a 1974 disengagement accord between the 2 international locations.
“The strike was carried out after IDF [Israeli army] troopers recognized the 2 buildings within the space of the safety zone yesterday,” the navy mentioned in an announcement on Thursday.
“The IDF holds the Syrian regime accountable for all actions occurring inside its territory and won’t permit any makes an attempt to violate Israeli sovereignty,” it mentioned.
The strike focused a location on the Syrian aspect of the demarcation line between the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to the west, and Syrian-controlled territory to the east.
The announcement from Israel’s navy got here after at the least two individuals had been killed whereas using a motorbike close to the Syrian city of Beit Jinn, about an hour north of the place the tanks struck, two Palestinian sources and one Lebanese safety supply instructed the Reuters information company.
The 2 Palestinian sources accused Israel of conducting a strike to focus on the 2 males, whom the sources recognized as “militants”.
Israel’s navy declined to touch upon the reported motorbike strike.
However on Thursday, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), an opposition conflict monitor, had reported that an Israeli drone had killed two males belonging to the Islamic Jihad organisation within the space.
“Two members of Al-Jihad Al-Islamy Motion [Islamic Jihad] had been killed in an assault by an Israeli drone on Baet Jen [Beit Jinn] space in western Rif Dimashq, close to the border with the Syrian occupied Golan,” the conflict monitor mentioned in a statement.
The Golan Heights – a hilly 1,200 sq. kilometre (463 sq. miles) plateau that additionally overlooks Lebanon and borders Jordan – is Syrian territory that was occupied by Israel in 1967, after the latter captured the realm within the Six Day Warfare, earlier than annexing it in 1981.
That unilateral annexation was not recognised internationally, besides by the administration of former US president Donald Trump, and Syria calls for the return of the territory.
Syria tried to regain the Heights within the 1973 Center East conflict, however was thwarted. Israel and Syria signed an armistice in 1974 and the Golan had been comparatively quiet since.
A United Nations power continues to patrol an 80km (50-mile) lengthy buffer zone between the Israel-occupied Heights and the Syrian aspect.
In 2000, Israel and Syria held their highest-level talks over a potential return of the Golan and a peace settlement. However the negotiations collapsed and subsequent talks additionally failed.
Greater than 40,000 individuals dwell within the Israeli-occupied Golan, greater than half of them Druze.
After annexing the Golan, Israel gave the Druze the choice of citizenship, however most rejected it and nonetheless establish as Syrian. Roughly one other 20,000 Israeli settlers additionally dwell there.
Over the previous decade Israel has carried out air assaults in opposition to suspected Iranian-sponsored weapons transfers and personnel deployments in neighbouring Syria, typically resulting in casualties amongst Syrian navy personnel and international fighters.