An Iron Dome system in the Golan Heights intercepted 2 rockets that were fired from Syria towards Israel today. It appears that this was yet another case of spillover fire from the war in Syria. According to the initial investigation, it appears that the two rockets would not have fallen in Israel.
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An Iron Dome system intercepted a rocket that was launched from Syria towards the Israeli Golan Heights today (Saturday). The interception occurred above the demilitarized zone between the two countries near Quneitra. Less than 2 hours later, the Iron Dome system intercepted another rocket that was launched towards Israel. According to assessments, both the incidents were cases of spillover fire from the battles in Syria.
Shortly after the first rocket was intercepted, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stated: “A short while ago, high trajectory fire heading towards the Northern Golan Heights was spotted and intercepted by an Iron Dome system.” The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit added that no injuries or damages were caused by the interception.
According to the Israeli security establishment’s assessments, the two rockets were not intended for Israel. “According to the initial investigation, both the incidents of fire this afternoon would not have fallen in Israeli territory,” said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.
Earlier this week, a mortar landed in Israel’s Northern Golan Heights not far from the border between the two countries. No injuries or damages were reported. The IDF stated that this was a case of spillover fire from the battles between the Syrian Army and the rebel forces near Quneitra. Less than 24 hours beforehand, the Israeli Air Force attacked targets in Syria in response to 3 mortars that landed in Northern Israel.
Syrian officials accused Israel of being responsible for the tensions along the mutual border. Earlier this week, JOL reported that a senior level Syrian Army official said that the recent tension in the region “is an Israeli attempt to escalate the situation and derail the ceasefire that was brokered by Russia and the US.”