Mortar from Syria explodes in Golan Heights

IDF says no military response to latest apparent incident of fallout from fighting in Syrian civil war.

September 13, 2014 01:15
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A UN observation tower is seen overlooking Syria, next to the Quneitra border crossing between the Golan Heights in Israel and Syria.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A mortar fired from Syria crossed the border with Israel and landed in the Golan Heights on Friday night in the latest apparent incident of fallout from the Syrian civil war.

Alert sirens were sounded in the area around 10 p.m. Friday warning of the incoming projectile. No injuries or damage were reported.

The IDF had not responded to the incident as of late Friday, a military spokeswoman said.

The Syrian army said earlier on Friday that terrorists were killed and wounded in the volatile Quneitra border crossing near the Golan Heights, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency.

The Syrian military said it struck scores of terrorists hiding out throughout the country, destroying vehicles, weapons and equipment, and "inflicting heavy losses upon them [both] in personnel and equipment."

On Thursday, a Syrian mortar shell exploded on the Golan Heights, setting off air-raid sirens. The shell was likely stray cross-border fire due to intense battles raging between the Assad regime’s military and rebels near the border. There were no injuries or damage in the incident.

In response, the IDF fired a guided Tamuz missile at a Syrian Army post. In a statement, the IDF said it holds the Syrian Army responsible for all cross-border fire into Israel. It was not immediately clear whether Syrian casualties resulted from the missile strike.

Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.

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