Israel attacks target in Syria after mortar shell lands in Golan Heights

A mortar shell fired from Syria landed in the Golan Heights this afternoon, causing no damage or injuries, in another case of errant fire from the Syrian civil war. The IDF evacuated hikers from the area due to the incident.
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On Friday afternoon, a mortar shell landed in northern Israel in another case of spillover fire from the Syrian civil war. No damage or injuries were reported. The IDF evacuated hikers from the Golan Heights due to the incident. Israel responded by sending IAF planes to attack a mortar belonging to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s army, which apparently fired the shell.

On Tuesday evening, the IDF banned civilians from entering certain areas near the Golan Heights’ Valley of Tears due to the recent cases of spillover fire. The IDF stated that only farmers will be granted access to the areas. The Israeli military’s decision to close off the areas is temporary and will remain in effect until the situation along Israel’s border with Syria is reassessed.

Two days earlier, IDF forces responded to another case of Syrian spillover fire, attacking a Syrian Army ammunition truck and two artillery cannons. According to the reports in Syria, five people were injured. After the attack, Syria warned Israel about the consequences of the attack.

Also in response to the errant fire, the IDF contacted the UN forces in the area and complained. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stated: “Israel is not a side and not involved in the inter-Syrian fighting. However, it views seriously every attempt to harm the sovereignty of the State of Israel and the safety of its residents and considers the Syrian government the one responsible for what is going on in its territory.”



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