An Israeli airstrike on Sunday wiped out four ISIS terrorists after they infiltrated the Israeli Golan Heights and opened fire on soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The action was the first time Israeli forces have come under fire from Islamic State jihadis.
The soldiers of Israel’s Golani brigade were in Israeli territory when they came under fire from militants from the Shuhada al-Yarmouk Brigade (Martyrs of Yarmouk), a Palestinian ISIS affiliate based in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus. The group is also known as the Khalid ibn Walid Army.
After they exchanged small arms fire, the Israeli soldiers came under mortar fire. An Israeli airstrike then took out the four terrorists who were in a car mounted with a machine gun on the roof.
No Israeli soldiers sustained injuries in the attack.
“It was a short exchange, but it was productive,” Israeli Army Spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner said after the strike.
“They [ISIS] have said they will come to Jerusalem,” he added. “We have no intention of letting them come to Jerusalem.”
To hammer home the point, Israel bombed an ISIS target within Syria on Monday.
The target was an “abandoned UN building that has been used by the Islamic State as an operations center along the border in the southern Syrian Golan Heights,” the IDF said in a statement Monday, explaining that the target was selected because “the compound was the base for yesterday’s attack against IDF forces.”
In January, a German journalist who spent 10 days in Islamic State territory told media that ISIS was afraid of Israel.
“The only country ISIS fears is Israel – they told me they know the Israeli army is too strong for them,” Jurgen Todenhöfer said.