After many so-called "phantom attacks" conducted inside Syria in recent months were attributed to Israel, the nation's air force performed widespread attacks on Syrian targets over the night of 18 March.

According to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), the targets that were attacked are located on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. The action was launched in response to an attack on an Israeli military patrol earlier the same day, in which four soldiers were wounded. Syria enabled the attack, the IDF claims.

Targets struck included military headquarters, artillery batteries and a Syrian army training base.

Tension on the Israeli-Syrian border has been building for some weeks. Earlier this month, Israeli air force Lockheed Martin F-16s were scrambled four times in one day from Ramat air base, when Syrian combat aircraft approached the border with Israel on the Golan Heights.

The Syrian fighters turned back after they came to within a "suspicious distance" of the border.