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Two Syrian mortar shells land in Golan Heights

Defense sources estimate shells were celebratory fire from Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces, rejoicing at his victory.

Yoav Zitun
Latest Update: 06.04.14, 23:58 / Israel News

At least two mortar shells were fired on Wednesday night from Syria into the Israeli Golan.

 

 

The Iron Dome missile defense system was activated for the first time in northern Israel to intercept the two shells. At least two intercepting misiles were fired towards the Syrian border, but were "called off" in-flight by the Iron Dome's operators when it was made clear the shells were going to fall in open fields.

 

The falling shells caused fires in several spots in the area between Alonei HaBashan and Ein Zivan in the Goland Heights. Firefighters were called at the scene and put out the fires.

 

In addition, Syrians shot machine gun fire, hitting Israeli territory at the northern Golan.

 

No one was hurt in any of these incidents.

 

Israeli defense sources believe this was celebratory fire from Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces, who were rejoicing at Assad's election victory. Unlike the mortar shell fire last week, when a shell exploded near an IDF post on Mount Hermon and the IDF responded with artillery fire, this time the army did not respond.

 

In March, IAF fighter jets struck Syrian army basis in response to an explosive device that went off at the Golan Heights, wounding four soldiers, one of them seriously.

 

First Published: 06.04.14, 23:45

 

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