IDF tank units fired directly at a Syrian military target for the first time on Monday, scoring what was said to be a direct hit on a mobile artillery battery in Syria that had just launched a mortar shell into the Golan.
The mortar shell hit the border area inside Israeli territory near Tel Hazeka in the Golan Heights. There were no reports of injuries or damage on either side.
On Sunday the Israel Defense Forces fired an anti-tank missile close to Syrian forces as a warning, after a mortar bomb exploded near an IDF position in the same area.
The mortar fire from Syria is widely seen in Israel as constituting errant shells rather than deliberate attacks, but concern is mounting at the potential for casualties. A shell last week fell inside an Israeli moshav, but failed to explode; residents said the consequences could have been disastrous had it done so.
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