Syrian mortar shells explode in Golan Heights

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 15, 2013 07:37

Mortars believed to be unintentional fallout from Syria fighting; IDF lodges complaint with UNDOF.




Israeli Syrian border in the Golan Heights

Golan border Syria truck 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

A number of mortar shells landed in the Golan Heights in the area of Mount Hermon on Wednesday morning, the IDF Spokesperson confirmed.

The firing is likely unintentional fallout from fighting between Syrian rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to Israel media sources.

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There was no resulting injury or damage.

The IDF closed Mount Hermon to visitors following the mortar fire and lodged a complaint with the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force (UNDOF) that is stationed in the Golan Heights. 

Last week, on two separate days, mortars from Syria landed in the Golan Heights. The IDF believed that those explosions appeared to be unintentional results from fighting between Syrian troops and rebels.  

On Sunday Syrian rebels freed four Filipino UN peacekeepers who they had captured  on the ceasefire line between Syria and the Golan Heights. 

A group of 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers was taken hostage and released in March raising concerns that the fighting in Syria was spilling over in to the Golan.


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