After Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman claimed that the “spillover fire” over the weekend from Syria was actually a deliberate Hezbollah attack, IDF officials clarified that they are not familiar with any evidence that could back up the minister’s statement.
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IDF officials commented Monday evening on Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s statements according to which the recent “spillover fire” from Syria into Israel’s Golan Heights was deliberate rocket fire carried out by Hezbollah. The officials stated that they are not familiar with the information Lieberman presented at the beginning of his political party’s meeting.
The officials explained that they do not know who fired the rockets and have seen no evidence indicating that Hezbollah was involved in the incident. “The rockets that were fired early Saturday morning were launched from an area under the control of the Syrian Army,” they explained. “Beyond that, there’s no concrete evidence.”
Lieberman claimed that a terror cell operated by Hezbollah fired the rockets in a move that was not coordinated with the Syrian Army. “[Hezbollah leader] Nasrallah’s orders were to exclude [Syrian President] Assad from the planned rocket fire,” he explained. “Therefore, I call on Assad’s regime, which we hold responsible for all that happens on Syrian soil, as well as the Russian forces, to restrain Hezbollah.”
Five rockets launched from Syria were detected on Saturday morning. Four of them were discovered after they landed in Israeli territory. In response, the IDF attacked three Syrian Army artillery cannons.