Errant projectile from Syria again explodes in Golan, none hurt

For second time in two days apparent stray rocket fire from civil war in Syria lands in Israeli territory.

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September 27, 2015 21:22
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Mount Bental

Girls play near a sign at Mount Bental, an observation post on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights, overlooking the Syrian side of the Kuneitra crossing. (photo credit: REUTERS/BAZ RATNER)

 
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A projectile fired from Syria exploded in an open area of the northern Golan Heights on Sunday night.

There were no injuries or damages. The IDF has assessed that the projectile was an instance of stray fire from nearby internal Syrian civil war battles.

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Warning sirens did not go off as the projectile exploded in an unpopulated area.

The incident was the second case in two days of apparent errant fire from the civil war in Syria landing in Israeli territory.

Israel has sought to stay out of the Syrian civil war, seeing enemies on all sides. It says it intervenes militarily only when fired upon from Syria or to prevent Hezbollah operatives reinforcing Syrian President Bashar Assad there from gaining advanced weapons that could pose a threat to it from Lebanon in the future.

Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, Israel has occasionally fired across the Golan Heights in response to spillover shelling or bombed advanced arms it suspected were to be transferred to Assad's Lebanese guerrilla allies, Hezbollah.

Indications of increased Russian involvement in Syria in support of President Bashar Assad are prompting a reassessment in Israel about how to handle fall-out from the conflict without risking a clash with Moscow.

Reuters contributed to this report.




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