The Israel Defense Force has targeted Syrian army positions in the government-controlled area of the northern Golan Heights, it confirmed Sunday. The retaliatory fire caused “material damage,” according to Damascus. The mortars which landed onto an open area in the Israeli-held area of the Golan Heights, did not lead to any apparent damage, Israel said, without specifying the number of the shells it encountered.

It did not immediately recognize the incident as stray fire. “In response to mortar fire earlier today, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) targeted cannons of the Syrian regime in the northern Syrian Golan Heights,” the military statement read. “The Syrian government must be held accountable for this breach of Israeli sovereignty,” IDF spokesman Peter Lerner wrote on his Twitter account. “The IDF will continue to act to safeguard Israel.” READ MORE