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Golan under fire (archives) Photo: EPA
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Tensions in Golan: Shell lands in Israel, shots fired at IDF

Against backdrop of continued battles between Assad's army, rebel forces, mortar shell lands near Majdal Shams, shots fired at IDF force in Quneitra. No injuries or damage reported

Yoav Zitun
Published: 12.02.13, 12:26 / Israel News

The Syrian civil war continues to spill over into Israeli territory: IDF forces located fragments of a mortar shell that was fired from Syria in the vicinity of Majdal Shams Monday morning. No injuries or damage were reported. The force was called to the scene of the landing following a citizen's report. Single shrapnel hit the area of a gas station nearby without causing damage.

 

Several hours later, shots were fired towards an IDF patrol force in the vicinity of Quneitra, close to the Syrian border. No injuries or damage were reported in this event either. The force responded with fire towards the source.

 

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The security establishment estimates there is no relation between the mortar shell landing and the fire towards an IDF force, and that both events were caused by unintended fire. 

 

IDF tank during a drill at the Golan Heights (Photo: AFP)
IDF tank during a drill at the Golan Heights (Photo: AFP)
 

 

Since the early hours of the morning, fierce clashes are held between the army of President Bashar Assad and Syrian rebels in the northern area of the Syrian Golan Heights.

 

Syrian opposition sources reported Monday morning about the intensive shelling of the regime's forces in multiple locations in Quneitra. According to the reports, several Syrians were injured.

 

Last October, two mortar shells from Syria landed in the Israeli side of the Golan Heights. There were no injuries or damage in the events.

 

Maor Buchnik and Roi Kais contributed to this report

 

 

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