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Fire erupts in Golan; apparently caused by Syria infighting

Army says shrapnel from Syria may have started blaze in Mount Hosek area; IDF outpost not damaged

Yoav Zitun
Published: 11.03.12, 14:38 / Israel News

A fire broke out Saturday morning near Mount Hosek in the eastern part of the Golan Heights, near the border with Syria.


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Over the past 24 hours a number of mortars have been lobbed into the demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights, apparently inadvertently. The IDF's Northern Command said a piece of shrapnel that landed in the area may have caused the brushfire.


The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said mortars were fired toward the region as part of the infighting between Syrian rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. It said there were no landings of rockets or mortars inside Israeli territory.


Firefighters were working to extinguish the blaze. An army position situated at the top of Mount Hosek was not damaged, and there were no reports of injury.


About a month and-a-half ago a number of mortar shells landed in agricultural fields inside Israel, near the Syrian border. There were no reports of injury or damage. The mortars were apparently fired by Syrian army forces as part of their attempt to push the rebel forces back.


Maor Buchnik contributed to the report 



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