A firefight broke out on the contact line between Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement on January 24.
According to the statement, forces from the Syrian side of the contact line opened fired on an IDF patrol. Israeli soldiers returned fire. The IDF reported no casualties, but did not specify where the incident took place.
Earlier, the IDF revealed that it had deployed an additional battery of the Iron Dome air defense system in the area of Gush Dan, southern Israel.
These developments came just days after extensive Israeli airstrikes on Syrian military and alleged Iranian targets in the countryside of Damascus on January 20-21. Following the strikes, on January 23, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated that Israel’s “policy is clear and it will not change: We are determined to prevent Iran from militarily entrenching itself in Syria against Israel.”
On January 22, Syria’s envoy to the United Nations warned that if the UN Security Council did not put a stop to Israeli strikes on his country, Syria would retaliate on its own. Bashar Jaafari said that his country “would practice its legitimate right of self-defense and respond to the Israeli aggression on Damascus International Airport in the same way on Tel Aviv airport”.