Israeli Army Strikes in Syria After Mortar Shells Hit Israeli Golan Heights

Rocket alarm was sounded before two shells explode in Golan Heights, causing no damage

Israeli soldiers take part in a military training in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, near the Israel-Syria border, March 22, 2017.
Israeli soldiers take part in a military training in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, near the Israel-Syria border, March 22, 2017. JALAA MAREY/AFP

Three Syrian mortar shells exploded in the Israeli Golan Heights on Friday, causing no damage. 

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The Israeli army attacked the positions from which the mortar shells were fired in the Syrian Golan Heights, the army said in a statement.

The first mortar shell fell around 5 P.M. near the Syrian border, and about an hour later a rocket siren was sounded in the area, followed shortly by two more mortar shells.

The Israeli army said it was likely that the fire was not intentional, but was spillover from the Syrian civil war.

Earlier this month a teenaged girl was hit by an errant bullet from Syria in the Israeli town of Alonei Habashan. 

Mid-March saw an unusual exchange of fire between Israel and Syria, when the Israeli air force attacked several targets across the border and Syrian air defense launched several anti-aircraft rockets in response. One of the rockets entered Israeli airspace and was shot down by an Arrow missile. Following the incident, Israel made a rare statement admitting to the airstrikes in Syria.

Late November, ISIS fighters in the Syrian Golan Heights fired at a IDF unit near the border. The soldiers were not hurt. An Israeli airstrike targeted a gun-mounted vehicle near the border and killed the four passengers inside, the IDF said.