Israeli air strikes target Syria

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Israeli soldiers load shells in their tank following the first death on the Israeli side of the Golan since the Syrian civil war erupted more than three years ago, near the Israeli village of Alonei Habashan, in the area of Tel Hazeka. Photo - AP
Israel launched air strikes on nine targets inside Syria early Monday morning local time in response to a shelling attack on a civilian vehicle that left a 14-year-old Israeli boy dead Sunday.
Israeli officials said the airstrikes Monday targeted a Syrian regional military headquarters and "launching positions." Direct hits were confirmed.
The military said it had attacked nine targets in response to the killing of a 15-year-old boy in a strike in the occupied Golan Heights on the border between the two countries on Sunday.
Two others, including the boy\’s father, an Israeli defence contractor, were injured when a blast hit their vehicle.
Israel called the boy\’s death the most substantial incident in the Golan since start of the Syrian conflict in 2011.
It is unclear whether Syrian rebels or government forces were behind the incident.
 
The strikes came in response to what an Israeli military spokesman called an intentional attack on Israel and the "most substantial" cross-border violence since the beginning of Syria\’s civil war in 2011.
 
There have been multiple instances of shelling from Syria into Israel, but Sunday\’s incident was the first time an Israeli has been killed. The teenager died and two others were wounded when the car they were traveling in was struck as they drove in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.
 
It was not immediately clear whether Syrian troops or one of the many rebel groups battling the government carried out Sunday\’s attack.
 
Israel seized the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it in 1981 in a move that is not internationally recognized.
Source-  Agencies

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