On Thursday, the Israeli Army destroyed a 130mm artillery piece of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Qaus al-Sindiyana base south of Harfa village near the Golan Heights, according to Syrian pro-government sources.
The Israeli Army confirmed the attack and said it was a respond on a projectile “hit Israel” on Thursday. Moreover, the Israel Army said that it “holds the Syrian regime responsible for any aggression from its territory & won’t tolerate attacks threating Israeli sovereignty.”
IDF holds the Syrian regime responsible for any aggression from its territory & won’t tolerate attacks threating Israeli sovereignty
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) October 19, 2017
A SAA source said that the Israeli Army used the Israeli-made Spike NLOS missile to target the SAA artillery piece. The Spike NLOS is a ground launched guided missile with a range of up to 25km.
The Israeli strike was highly expected after the SAA advanced in the nearby Western Ghouta region. On Thursday the SAA confirmed that it captured Bard’ayyah Hill near Mughr al-meer village east of Beit Jinn town in Western Ghouta.
Israel views any advance of the SAA near the Golan Heights as a direct threat to it because it may allow Hezbollah fighters and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to operate near its border. Due to this the Israeli Army strike might be aimed to obstacle the SAA advance.