Israel retaliates for Syrian attack that killed Israeli Arab teen

Israel’s Air Force retaliated for a Syrian attack that killed an Israeli teenager with strikes on targets that included Syrian military headquarters.

Rocket-launching sites also were among the nine military targets hit in the early morning air strikes inside Syria, near Israeli’s Golan Heights, on June 23, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that four people were killed and nine injured, and that the attacks seriously damaged Syrian military positions. The statement also said the attacks were a “flagrant violation” of Syrian sovereignty.

On June 24, a Syrian government minister told the Arab-Israeli news service As-Sonora that the “ceasefire [with Israel] is broken” and that the government has decided to respond to the aggression, leaving the matter up to the Syrian military.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would respond with even tougher force if there were further attacks.

The IDF reported that a Syrian mortar shell on June 22 killed 13-year-old Mohammed Karaka in Arraba, an Arab village in Israel. The shell reportedly hit a vehicle he was in, injuring two others.

Netanyahu told members of his Likud Party that “we operated with great force against Syrian targets that acted against us, and if needed, we will use additional force. We will continue to forcefully hurt anyone who attacks us or tries to attack us.” — jta, & ap