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Syrian mortar last hit Israel in November Photo: Avihu Shapira
Syrian mortar last hit Israel in November Photo: Avihu Shapira

Syrian tank shell lands in Golan Heights

Tank shell found in scans after Golan residents report hearing loud blasts; shell likely fired during battles between Syrian army, rebels

Yoav Zitun
Published: 02.27.13, 13:31 / Israel News

Residents of a town in the Golan Heights reported hearing a loud blast in the area Wednesday morning. A 100 mm tank shell fired from Syria was then found near the community.


The mortar landed in an open area and apparently did not explode. Sappers are dismantling it. It was likely the result of a misfire during battles between Syrian rebels and Assad's forces.


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"At 10:40 am two residents reported hearing a noise outside the community. They saw smoke and reported it to the army," Golan Regional Council spokeswoman Dalia Amos said.

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Tank shell found in Golan (Photo: Avihu Shapira)

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Soldiers canvass area (Photo: Avihu Shapira)


Amos noted that "sometimes we hear echoes of blasts from Syria but today was quiet."


This is not the first time a mortar fired from Syria hits a Golan town. Last November, three Syrian mortar shells exploded inside Israel.


One 82 mm mortar landed at Moshav Alonei Habashan but did not explode. Another fell near the border fence. There were no injuries or damage.



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