IDF finds tank shell fired from Syria in Golan

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 27, 2013 14:16

No injuries or damage reported in incident; believed to be errant fallen shell from Syrian fighting near border.

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Peacekeeping troops with UNDOF

UN peacekeeping troops Syria-Israel 370. (photo credit:REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

A Syrian tank shell strayed into Israeli territory and landed near the village of Alonei Habashan on the Golan Heights on Wednesday morning.

The shell, which did not explode, is believed to have been a stray fired in the midst of a battle between Syrian rebels and ground forces loyal to the regime of Bashar Assad.

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There were no injuries or damages. The IDF launched a search of the area, locating the tank shell and removing it safely from the scene.

Residents of Alonei Habashan reported seeing smoke rising from the landing area. It was not the first time that stray Syrian fire has hit the area.

Last year, an IDF jeep carrying out a border patrol was hit by gunfire from Syria, days after a soldier was hit by a bullet fired over the border. Before that, Israel fired at and struck two Syrian mortar launchers, following two consecutive days in which Syrian artillery shells exploded in Israeli territory.

Also on Wednesday, Israel repatriated six of seven Syrians after treating them for wounds suffered in the Syrian civil war, the IDF announced.

Soldiers evacuated the wounded Syrians from the border to the Ziv Medical Center in Safed earlier this month, and provided them with emergency hospital treatment.

Six have since recovered, and were returned to Syria at an undisclosed location to protect their safety, the IDF said.

A seventh person who arrived at the hospital in serious condition is still being treated.

Jerusalem Post staff and Reuters contributed to this report.


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