Israeli army fires into Syria after gunmen shoot at IDF soldiers on Golan Heights
IDF statement says 'hit confirmed' on Syria gunmen; mortar shell hits Druze village of Majdal Shams in apparent spillover from Syria civil war.
The Israeli army fired into Syria on Monday after its troops were shot at on the Golan Heights, the military said.
"Gunfire was opened from Syria toward IDF soldiers in the central Golan Heights. The force retaliated toward the threat and a hit was confirmed," a military statement said.
There were no Israeli casualties in the incident.
An Israeli military source said that the brief exchange of fire happened near the Quneitra border crossing and that the Israeli troops said they were fired on by a Syrian soldier.
The army was still checking whether its troops were the target of the gunfire, the source said.
Hours earlier, a Syrian mortar shell landed in the Druze village of Majdal Shams on the Golan, near Israel's security fence. No casualties were reported.
Fire from the Syrian civil war has occasionally spilled over into the Golan, which Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war. Israel annexed the strategic plateau in 1981 in a move that was not internationally recognized.
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