Two more mortar shells exploded today in open areas in the northern Golan Heights in Israel but caused no injuries or damage. IDF spokesman: The Syrian regime is responsible.

Spillover fire from Syria continues

Spillover fire from Syria continues Photo Credit: Basel Awidat, Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

The fierce fighting between the Syrian Army and the rebels in the Syrian Golan Heights continues to spill over into Israeli territory: Shortly before 7 pm on Saturday, an errant mortar shell exploded in an open area in the northern Golan Heights. No damage or injuries were reported. Less than an hour later, another mortar exploded a short distance away, also dangerously close to the border fence.

In response to the continued spillover fire into Israeli territory, the IDF Spokesperson’s Office has said that “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.”

As reported earlier by JOL, the fighting in Syria has reached close enough to the border with Israel that numerous cases of spillover fire were reported in a span of a few days; this last week saw over ten similar incidents. Most recently, the IDF was forced to evacuate hikers from entering the area and closed the area off for non-essential persons.