Israeli warplanes bombed military targets in Syria early Wednesday morning, hours after four IDF soldiers were wounded, one seriously, by a roadside bomb planted along the Israel-Syria border.
Among the targets hit by Israel were a Syrian army training camp, headquarters facility and artillery batteries. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that the targets had all “aided and abetted” in the border bombing.
Late Tuesday afternoon, an Israeli army patrol was reportedly lured by suspicious figures into the no-man’s land between the Israeli security fence and the Syrian border. A well-hidden bomb was then detonated, wounding four members of the patrol.
The victims were quickly evacuated before they could be further targeted (pictured).
Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist militia later announced on its Al-Manar TV that the attack was an attempt to abduct one or more Israeli soldiers. Hezbollah has successfully abducted Israeli soldiers in the past, and exchanged them, both dead and alive, for jailed Arab terrorists.
Hezbollah currently has thousands of fighters taking part in the Syrian civil war on the side of embattled dictator Bashar Assad.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Israel’s enemies to not escalate the situation further. “Our policy is very clear. We strike those who strike us,” he said. “From time to time it is necessary to take aggressive action, as we are doing now, to ensure that the quiet continues.”