The Israeli military says it has struck Syrian army artillery posts in response to rockets that landed the previous day in the Israeli-held Golan Heights.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon says the Israeli air force attacked Syrian government positions in territory controlled by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad early Wednesday.

He said the Israeli strike was a "clear message that we will not tolerate any fire toward Israeli territory."

At least two rockets landed in the Israeli-held Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel initially responded with artillery fire.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, said the rockets had been fired from Syrian army positions, but it was unclear if the Syrian army fired them or if militants had overran the army position and fired them.