Israeli soldiers stand near the border with Syria in the occupied Golan Heights as they prepare to evacuate a wounded Syrian
Israeli soldiers stand near the border with Syria in the occupied Golan HeightsReuters

The ongoing tension between Israel and its neighbours escalated on Wednesday after Israeli air strikes on targets in Syrian-controlled part of Golan Heights.

In a statement, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said that the attack was aimed at sending a message to the Syrians for Tuesday's attacks.

"We will not tolerate any firing towards Israeli territory or violation of our sovereignty and we will respond forcefully and with determination," said Yaalon, according to Reuters.

On Tuesday, at least two rockets from Syria hit the Israeli-controlled part of Golan Heights, prompting Israel to responded with artillery fire at the suspected launching Syrian sites, according to Israeli army. There was no information of casualties on the Syrian side.

The incident forced Israeli evacuation in Mt. Hermon ski resort on the Golan Heights.

On Tuesday, Iran has warned Israel through the United States that there will be "consequences" for the attack on the Syrian-controlled part of Golan Heights 10 days ago that killed an Iranian general and Hezbollah fighters.

"We have sent a message to the United States through diplomatic channels telling the Americans that the Zionist regime crossed Iran's red lines by this action," said Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in remarks carried by Iranian state news agency official IRNA and quoted by AFP.

"In this message, we said those responsible should wait to suffer the consequences of their act," he added.

Two days after the Israeli strike on 18 January that killed Iran's Revolutionary Guards General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, an Iranian official had said that Hezbollah would give "crushing response" to the attack.

"This action has no doubt been adopted in line with (Israel's) continued cooperation with the Takfiri terrorists and plays a complementary role for the approach of the Tel Aviv rulers to using this terrorism stream for creating a buffer zone at the forged orders of this fake regime," Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said at that time, according to Fars News Agency.

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