This morning, the IDF and Israeli media reported about rocket fire spilling into the Golan Heights from Syria for the third time within three days. However, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit clarified that no rockets were located and that rocket fire towards Israel was not conducted. A fire broke out as a result of Syrian shrapnel.
Rockets in the Golan Heights yesterday Photo Credit: Channel 2 News
For the third time within three days, reports were received this morning (Monday) concerning at least two rockets from Syria landing in the Quneitra Valley, located in the Northern Golan Heights. Initially, rockets landing in agricultural areas were reported but afterwards, it became clear that this was simply a Syrian tank shell, or a bullet fragment, that was shot and landed on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and not on the Israeli side. The shrapnel did end up within Israeli territory causing a fire. However, there was no official rocket fire spillover into Israeli territory.
“After searching the area, it appears that this was the impact of individual machine guns on the UNDOF camp in Ziouani near the border with the Northern Golan Heights,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in an official statement. “In addition, the reports about an airstrike in Syria are false reports.”
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At first, civilians and farmers were evacuated from the area however, the IDF clarified that there were no indications from their radar systems nor was the rocket siren sounded. Furthermore, no evidence of rocket fire has been found in the area.