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Israel Defense Forces target 14 Syrian military posts

Israel accuses Iran of sponsoring the rocket attacks

CNN  — 

Israeli forces struck a car in a Syrian-controlled area of the Golan Heights on Friday, killing five civilians, Syrian state media reported.

The Israel Defense Forces targeted 14 Syrian military posts in an area in the Golan Heights under Syrian control, the military said.

“Iran sponsored these attacks. These were clear and intentional acts of aggression, directly violating Israelis’ sovereignty,” the statement said. “The IDF holds the Syrian government responsible for all attacks emanating from Syrian territory.”

Earlier, Israel said no one was injured in the rocket attacks, which targeted northern Israel.

The Golan is regarded internationally as occupied territory despite Israeli annexation. It is home to 41,000 residents, including Jews, Druze and Alawites. Israel seized the territory from Syria during the 1967 Israel-Arab war, and it was eventually annexed.

CNN’s Oren Liebermann contributed to this report.