On July 24 in the morning, a number of explosions were heard along the separation line between Syria and Israel in the Golan Heights.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claimed that the explosion had taken place on the Syrian side of the line. The exact cause of the explosions was not revealed. Material damage was reported on the Israeli side.
“A short while ago, explosions were heard adjacent to the security fence from the Syrian side of Israel’s northern border. Damage to a civilian building and an Israeli vehicle was likely caused by fragments,” the IDF said on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Syrian sources, including Sham FM, reported that the explosions were caused by air-defense fire by the Syrian Air Defense Force. A drone, believed to be Israeli, was supposedly intercepted after crossing the separation line into Syria.
The Ministry of Defense of Syria and the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency are yet to reveal the exact circumstances of the incident.
IDF troops in northern Israel have been on high-alert since July 20, when a series of Israeli strikes on the Syrian capital, Damascus, had killed a fighter of Hezbollah. Tel Aviv is expecting an attack by the Lebanese group, which usually responds to such incidents.
The Golan Heights’ incident may provoke a new wave of Israeli strikes on Syria. The IDF often retaliate to any incident on the separation line by targeting Syrian Arab Army positions in nearby al-Quneitra.