Iran was behind the firing of rockets from Syrian territory onto Israel, a senior IDF officer said on Thursday evening.
The officer said that the directive to fire the rockets was personally given out by the head of the Palestinian department in Iran’s Al-Quds force.
Four rockets hit Israel Thursday afternoon in the Upper Galilee region in the north. All four exploded in open areas.
The IDF responded to the incident with artillery fire, noting that the Syrian regime is responsible for the rocket attacks emanating from its sovereign territory, "and it will bear responsibility for the results."
"So far, the attack is a very broad attack," the senior officer said Thursday evening. "5-6 artillery targets were struck, including targets at a depth of several kilometers. The goal was to respond to the incident and simultaneously convey a clear message to the other side."
"We were not surprised by the shooting," he said.
The senior officer’s comments regarding Iran’s involvement in the attack are in line with a report from April, when Iranian officials reportedly told the Syrian regime to strike Israel and open a war front on the Golan.
Israeli security sources said the rockets were fired by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, which is funded and directed by Iran, but the group denied the accusations.