Sirens Sound in Golan Heights Amid Tension After Israel-ISIS Clashes

Residents reported hearing explosion, but army says sirens were false alarm triggered by fighting in Syria.

An Israeli Merkava tank drives near the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on November 28, 2016.
An Israeli Merkava tank drives near the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on November 28, 2016. Jack Guez

Rocket sirens sounded Tuesday in the Golan Heights, amid tension in the area after clashes between the Israeli army and militants affiliated with the Islamic State group in recent days.

The military said later the sirens were false alarm and that the siren system had been activated after sensing live fire in ongoing battles on the Syrian side of the border.

The Israeli army initially said it was looking into the incident as residents of the area reported hearing an explosion of possible projectile fire. The military said in an initial report that no rocket or mortar fire had been identified.

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On Sunday, a number of ISIS militants were killed after exchanging fire with Israeli soldiers in the Golan Heights, in the first direct clashes between Israel and the Islamic State group. 

Several mortar shells exploded following a brief exchange with the Israeli infantry soldiers before an Israeli aircraft bombed a vehicle armed with a heavy machine gun.

Hours later a second round of Israeli airstrikes targeted a facility controlled by ISIS fighters in the Syrian Golan Heights, according to the IDF spokesperson's unit.

The sirens on Tuesday were heard in the southern Golan Heights communities of Avnei Eitan, Eliad, Afik, Bnei Yehuda, Givat Yoav, Gshur, Hispin, Kfar Haruv, Mevo Hama, Meitzr, Naot Golan, Nov, Natur and Ramat Magshimim.