Israeli tanks fire into Syria

Israeli tanks fired into Syria on Tuesday in response to shots that were fired from the Syrian side at an Israeli Army jeep in Golan Heights, according to the Israeli military.

The shells hit their target, the Israeli military said. The firing followed an alleged mortar shell that came from Syria over the Israeli-Syrian cease-fire line that crashed into an open field, the New York Times reports.

No injuries were reported on the Israeli side, but the firing marks the second time in 10 days that the military has responded to fire from Syria.

The previous response on March 24 destroyed a Syrian machine gun post following two Israeli patrols coming under fire from across the cease-fire line.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon was briefed on the firing and said that the nation would not intervene in Syria's civil war provided its interests were not harmed. It would, Yaalon said, strike back at the source of any attack, be it intentional or stray fire, according to the New York Times.

The firing follows a Tuesday warning by the United Nations World Food Program that escalating virus in Syria was making it difficult to deliver food to millions of people because supply trucks were increasingly becoming caught in the cross-fire.