Mortar shell from Syria lands in Golan during Netanyahu's visit

This is the third incident this week of spillover fire from Syria reaching Israel.
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A mortar shell from Syria landed in the northern Golan Hieghts on Wednesday evening, just as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was visiting the region. The IDF retaliated immediately.

Netanyahu, who was delivering a speech at a ceremony marking 40 years since the establishment of the town of Katzrin, said, "We do not seek to intervene in the bloody conflict taking place in Syria, but we will respond forcefully to any attempt to harm our sovereignty."

"We will not accept spillover fire in the Golan," Netanyahu added, referring to three different incidents from the past week. "Likewise, we will not allow radical Islamist sources, led by Iran and ISIS, to build up a front against Israel on the Syrian side."

On Tuesday, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman repeated his pledge that any shooting incident on the northern border will be met with an immediate Israeli response.

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